Do Unto Others

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. We are all familiar with that. But do you know the original, negative, version? Don’t do anything to others you wouldn’t want others to do to you.

Do you not want to be discriminated against? Don’t discriminate. Do you want to be allowed to purchase a cake for your wedding? Don’t discriminate against others who want the same thing. Do you want that pizza? Then let others have their slice as well.

What’s that you say? That violates your beliefs? You don’t want to sell to gays because Jesus would never have sold to gays? You wouldn’t want to eat with a prostitute because Jesus would never… Wait. What? He did eat with prostitutes? So, why aren’t you willing?

But Jesus would never have sold to gays, you say? Well, did you know that, in ancient times, a “beloved servant” was often his masters’ male lover? That means that Jesus may have healed the Roman Centurion’s gay lover. What was that he said about it? This is a bad man? Nope. He said “When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”  Luke 7:9 KJV

How could Jesus say good things about a man who may have been gay and yet Christians feel they are following his example by denying them service. Jesus didn’t deny service. Jesus healed. Jesus loved. Should we not do the same?

Do unto others. If you are hungry and in need, do you not want someone to help you? Do you tell yourself you are lazy and deserve what you have? Do you vilify yourself if you lose that job and end up on the street? Would you like others to? Then don’t do it to others.

God is love. He wants us to be like him. That means we should love. Jesus hung around with prostitutes and tax collectors. Yet, we stay as far away as we can. Are we the Pharisees of today? It sure sounds like it.

Remember, Jesus said “Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Matthew 7:1-3 King James Version (KJV)

It makes me cry when I see all the hate being spewed in Jesus’ name. Jesus was not hate. Jesus was love. I can’t believe he is happy with how he is being portrayed by some Christians.

The next time you are about to discriminate against someone because of their beliefs ask yourself if you would have them discriminate against you. How would you feel?

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