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: andraecrismon.org