Andrae Crismon


Luke 6:31 “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”

We often say it is “the golden rule”                                                         

It guides us how we should treat each other                                       

Without regard of where you went to school                      

You are a sister or you are brother.


Currently, this rule seems more “gold-plated”                    

Very subjectively used and applied                                                          

Be like me and you are celebrated                                           

If you are different, we will say “good-bye.”                        

We make our relations complicated                                        

Why we do so I do not really know.                                                         

Our decency needs to be upgraded                                         

Smaller hearts in us surely need to grow.                                                              

It must be said that Black lives need Blue lives                                                    

Yes, White lives need those whom are Brown and Black                 

Yet, we have chosen to sharpen our knives                          

When we really should have each other’s back.                                 

“As we would have all men do unto us” 

So should we consider all of our ways                                    

Take a pause from that intense Facebook fuss                                   

And humbly kneel to God above and pray                            

“Do ye also” unto one another                                                  

Earnestly seek to make kindness our guide                                                          

Show Christ-like love for every skin color                              

And when injustice peeks, don’t duck or hide.                    

Without question we would be very nice

To the person we see in our mirror

So kindly we would smile and give advice

Our love for ourselves could not be clearer

So what about the poor man on the street?

Or the stuffy neighbor who does not wave?

We are challenged in our souls to be sweet

To love one not like us is to be brave.

Frankly, Luke 6:31 does not say

That we will certainly be treated right

Just because we sincerely love and pray

For all the children of God in our sight

The Holy Writ will never guarantee

Persons of different parties will wave back

Or take the time to look at us and see

Or in return promise to have our backs

Or feign to relate to our life stories

Or even try to step into our shoes

Do not sweat it — just give God the glory

The Lord is still working on me and you!

We recognize Jesus gave His life

He liberated us from all our sins

Be patient with others even through strife

Let’s Make America Godly Again!

Andrae P. Crismon, Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of “Lord, Keep My Mind Clean: A 31 Day Devotional & Ac-countability Journal” and a new devotional “Pastor on Post: 30 Devotionals as Published in the Murfreesboro Post.” For more information on purchasing the devotionals or booking Andrae for an event please go to:

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