This Sunday I am introducing a small, simple idea that Christians all over the country are going to be part of for the next year: Golden Rule 2020.
Most of us know the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In other words, treat people the way you want to be treated. That seems like something we’ve lost, especially when it comes to discussions about politics.
Not long ago, we could disagree about something and still be friends. Now, it seems, that if we disagree with someone, it’s okay to trash them and their reputation, all because we don’t like what they say or believe. That is not okay, especially if we are Christians trying to shine the light of Christ in the world. We seem to have lost the ability to be respectful of those with whom we are not aligned. We are not following the golden rule.
Sunday, November 3, is exactly one year from the 2020 general election. Churches across the country are taking the opportunity to launch what’s come to be known as the “Golden Rule Initiative 2020.” You can learn more about the initiative here.
The idea is straightforward and simple. In the year leading up to the general election, the initiative invites Christians to commit to prayer for our leaders (even those we do not like), prayer for the election, and the commitment to share our ideas (including social media posts) in way that remembers the golden rule. Christians should always seek to be a light in the world, even in discussions about the leadership of our nation. No matter the topic, idea, or person (even elected officials) should cause any of us to abandon the golden rule.
The political climate is toxic. Those of us committed to this type of respectful discourse are seeking a better way. We are not waiting on our leaders, our political parties or anyone else. We are, rather, turning to the words and example of our Lord Jesus, who told us how to best to treat all people: Do to others what you want done to you.
Let us pray…