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Lack of Golden Rule has Sent Me on a Golden Rant

On a recent trip out of the country, I was repulsively perplexed by something I have always realized but, like so many others, have not known what to do with.

I was appalled by how Americans were talking to the locals: how they complain, are impatient, bark orders, and have unrealistic expectations in the form of preferential treatment. Not only on a recent trip out of the States but, now that I think about it, on all others, there just seems to be an impression that is left that seems to leave an unpleasant taste.

America is land of the free. It’s apple pie, do-or-die; stars and bars, patriotic pride. As a nation, we have lots to be proud of. But our first-world wealth does not give us the right to be first-rate jerks.

The fact is, we, collectively and individually as Americans, are no better than any other cultural group or nationality. We are all God’s people. We are all one and the same. It’s like the Golden Rule should be showing up on milk cartons: it’s missing. Let’s get back to basics:

Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.

– Matthew 12:7 (partial verse)

It may not always be balanced. Rosa Parks said, “Nothing in the Golden Rule says that others will treat us as we have treated them. It only says that we must treat others in a way that we would want to be treated.” We can only control our end of how we treat others. When we treat others as we would like to be treated, the world is just a better place. This is something we need to do not only on international travel but within our homes and places of work.

I have always, in every country I have visited and served in, found many, many people who are kind and servant-hearted who have served as advisors, protectors, and friends. In fact, I have a lasting relationship with many – some of which I think of as an extension of my family. It’s a beautiful thing when you can connect with someone beyond language. There is a universal language, known as love. In fact, one of the greatest commandments is to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39)

When it comes to treating others with love and respect, I find the following quote helpful in finding my perspective:

“No matter how big your house is, how recent your car is,

or how big your bank account is… our graves are the same size.”

– Anonymous

Taking a line from Genesis 3:19, “…from dust you came, and unto dust you shall return.” That applies to all of us. We came from the same place and will end the same. What gives anyone the right to mistreat or disrespect anyone in between our phases of dust?

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