Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
This commandment requires action. It is a positive command which means that one must think first before acting and put oneself in the other person’s shoes. It requires understanding and consideration. And also respect. In order to treat others like you want to be treated you need to be sensitive to the other person’s feelings and inclinations.
It eliminates selfishness in all social interactions. It puts others ahead of yourself and also reduces the profit motive to second class status in business dealings.
It is also a personal ethic which each individual must work out for him or herself. It leaves it up to you how you must work this commandment out. The respect and consideration that you show to people is just as important as the action. People can sense your motivation even if you don’t exactly get it right.
Motivation is very important: God judges us based on our motives. We are not very competent at judging people based on their inner desires and motivations because we can’t see into people’s soul as God alone can. We make our judgments based on outward appearances. I believe that the more Godlike we become the greater is our ability to correctly discern the attitude of someone’s heart.
The Golden Rule has become the basis for the modern concept of human rights. It is used as the standard of justice where each person is entitled to equal treatment before the law and everyone has the right to just and fair treatment in the legal, social, economic and religious systems of nations.
Without the discernment and guidance of the spirit the Golden Rule is however only a thin rule for social conduct. The divine wisdom necessary to interpret situations correctly relieves the Golden Rule from the fossilization of dogma. Do not forget the same spirit which moves you in your interaction with your brother is also operating in intimate contact with this same brother and guiding him in the proper course of action with you.
What would the world be like if we all treated each other fairly and justly, with love and respect in all things? I suggest it would be a far better place than it is now. If the whole world embraced the teachings of Joshua, and one day I believe it will – every knee shall bow, every tongue will confess – then we shall see a radically different world than what we see now.
When the love revolution one day occurs on earth, when the nations of the world exhaust themselves of their relentless pursuit of wealth and power, when man has come to the end of himself and, like the prodigal son, he finds himself in a spiritual pigpen, then he will finally accept the better way of living which the carpenter’s son proclaimed some 2000 years ago.