Whether or not you believe Jesus is the Son of God, doesn't negate the many wonderful lessons of kindness and compassion that he so often taught.
The story of the Good Samaritan, for example, is a classic for many reasons. In the Gospel of Luke (10:25-37) Jesus tells a parable about a Jewish traveler who is beaten, robbed and left for dead along the side of the road. A Jewish priest crosses the road to avoid him. As does a Levite, a member of his tribe, who does the same. Finally, a Samaritan comes by and has compassion for this stranger. Not only does he wrap his wounds, but he also puts him on his donkey and takes him to an inn. He pays the inn keeper out of his own pocket to care for the man. This is the equivalent of a Crips gang member helping a wounded Blood rival. It just doesn't happen in our time. But it can.
For argument's sake, let's say Jesus is the Son of God. And like the Bible says, he will come again to judge the living and the dead. Let's go one step further and say he's here right now? Walking among us. Working in the cubicle next to yours. Standing on a corner in need of something to eat. Would you recognize him? And if you did, would you treat him any differently? Well, what if every person you came in contact with had the potential to be Jesus and you just didn't know it? Now ask yourself how you would like to be treated on any given day, much less judgement day?
Is Kindness More Powerful Than Karma?
Imagine the power you possess, the positive affect you can have on the world, just by being kind. Who knows, the kindness you show to strangers might actually save your life one day. Call it karma, call it paying it forward, call it being a Good Samaritan. It's all good.
What is the worse thing that could happen if we treated all people with solicitude and humanity? I don't know, but I consider this the beginning of my journey to find out.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”