“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 7:12 NRSV
“Treat people in the same way that you want them to treat you.” – Luke 6:31 CEB
Love is kind. (1 Corinthians 13:4) But sometimes what we call kindness or think is a kindness is not experienced by another as such because it is not kind. It is an insisting on our own way (see 1 Corinthians 13:5).
I’ve long said church – my church, your church, all church – would be perfect if it didn’t have any people. But then it wouldn’t be church. (sigh)
We human beings are a contentious lot. We are eager to get our own way. We frequently forget – and too often choose to ignore – the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Getting church right is hard, hard work. It’s been that way for a long, long time. Just read Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians to get a glimpse of the turmoil in the early church.
And yet the church – the body of Christ – in all its imperfection continues. There are many faithful leaders – ordained and lay. There are countless loyal followers of Jesus. The Holy Spirit still sheds wisdom on those who have ears to hear and hearts to heed her teaching. The same God who created “in the beginning” is still at work doing a new thing.
Some days I believe it. Other days I don’t.
Which is why we need each other. Some days I keep the faith for those who struggle. Other days I’m held through the struggle by those keeping the faith.
May it be so for you.