Something this semester has brought so far has been a lot of reading and a lot of discussion and thinking. Quite honestly, my brain hurts. But I was prompted to write this post because of something my ethics professor said.
As class ended, my professor blurted out, “By the way, the golden rule is !@!!!.” Couldn’t believe my ears, and it made me kind of angry. This guy for the past week has talked about the power of self, and how we have all the answers without God, without anything. We are our own gods. But I’m not here to bash this guy. As I drove home, the sentence that had shocked me so much, played back through my head. Well I knew this came about for a reason, so I began thinking about it. First I broke down what the golden rule was, or what I thought it was. I actually to my surprise was using what our teacher had taught us about critical thinking, trying to figure what something was. Well the golden rule says: treat others as you would have them treat you. Actually its biblical. I looked it up when I got home.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
But so I started breaking down what it looks like to treat others as yourself, even as far as to love others as myself. And I realized that we can’t truly love others until we love ourselves, and then ultimately leading back to how do we love ourselves. We can truly love ourselves when we know that God loves us, and then He gives us the power and love to love others in a way that He loves us. And in that revelation, I realized where my professor was coming from. The statement of treating others as ourselves, ultimately leads from our image of ourselves. And our image of ourselves without Christ is not complete. We are missing a piece. A hole that can never be filled completely until we come to know Christ, our completer. Before Christ, I didn’t know how to treat others as myself, because I didn’t know how to treat myself. I didn’t like myself. But when I met Christ, He showed me how to love myself, and then how to love others through loving His image of myself. Without Christ, our image is in flaw, which in turn makes it hard to love others in the way that Christ loves us.
Have a blessed night ya’ll,