For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 13 Apr 2014.
Writing in the April issue of Eternity newspaper, Bible Society Australia CEO Greg Clarke observed that
The most celebrated social teaching of both Judaism and Christianity – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – is sometimes referred to as “The Golden Rule.”
The ancient Greeks taught that you shouldn’t do ill to your neighbour. Confucius taught that we should not impose burdens on others that we ourselves wouldn’t carry. But Jesus took things further …
We are to love our enemies, to turn the other cheek when confronted, to give people the coats off our backs, to consider others better than ourselves, to treat inferiors as superiors …
The Golden Rule … requires constant attention to the needs of others … not reciprocity, but extravagant self-sacrifice. We are given our role model in Jesus. Easter is the ultimate expression of the Christian version of the Golden Rule.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.