This is, of course, the Golden Rule. We all have interpretations of what it means. Kindness. Thoughtfulness. Generosity. However in practice, we actually tend to live out the lesser known “Silver Rule,” which means don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want done to you. This negative form of the Golden Rule has been found in a variety of ancient religious texts, from rabbinic Judaism to Hinduism, Confucianism, and Buddhism to Greek
and Roman ethical teachings.
But it was Jesus who first put forward the positive form of the maxim.
On its surface, it seems like the same – but is it, really? Ostensibly, the Silver Rule could be perfectly practiced by simply doing nothing on behalf of others. By turning the command from the negative to the positive, Jesus takes this passive “live and let live” adage and blows the lid off it, transforming it into a far reaching demand for unselfish love in action.
This Sunday we begin a brand new series, “Gold School: The Golden Rule in Our Tarnished World,” about how to look to Jesus for how to treat ourselves and those around us.