Things Would Be Better If We Only Did This !
What’s poking us to discomfort? Murders are occurring all over with great frequency. Kidnappings, abductions, robberies, shootings, thefts, and other mean behaviors are things we see daily. Wars, refugees, death, destruction, and homelessness from wars happen the world over.
Of course, there are problems at home with spousey, the kids, bills, addictions, abuse, and rising prices. That seems to be a constant in our society. Then, there are mean people at work, in our schools, and mean, rude people in many places.
Is there an answer to this nonsense? Of course, there is. The solution has been around for over 2,000 years. Yet, people often mock the solution. Some folks say it’s incredibly naive to believe in it. Others ignore the answer, thinking that it’s all been tried before. Then again, some people don’t care.
I’m talking about Jesus. Jesus says, “treat others how you want to be treated.” He also says, “Be kind to one another.” He teaches us to encourage each other and build each other up. Husbands are to love their wives, and wives are to love their husbands. Mom and Dad are responsible for raising their children in the way of the best life ever – the way of Jesus. There is good stuff in the Bible for daily living. It makes for a much better life.
An attorney once told me a story of a woman wanting a divorce. He told her to go home and treat him like a king for three months. Give him what he asks for. Be exceptionally kind to him. Be super sweet to him with good words. Then, at the end of the three months, we’ll file the divorce papers, which will really jerk the rug right out from under him. That will stab him to the core. Four months later, the attorney saw the woman and asked her if she still wanted the divorce. She smiled, saying they had reconciled and things were great at home.
My solution for the ills of the world is His solution. We follow Jesus to the best of our ability and see if things don’t get better in the neighborhood, city, county, state, nation, and world. Naïve? Jesus didn’t think so as He hung, dying, on the cross for all people everywhere.