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THE RELIGION CORNER: The Golden Rule is for Black Lives, Too!

Worldwide, the Golden Rule is known as the law of reciprocity, which is defined simply by saying that when someone does something nice for you, you will have a deep-rooted psychological urge to do something nice in return. As a matter of fact, you may even give back with a gesture far more generous than their original good deed. It is the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated.

It is seen in many religions and cultures, except it is definitely not across the board for us Blacks. Black Lives Matter would not be needed if we were treated like the Golden Rule states. This Scripture can be used in either a positive or negative manner when governing one’s conduct which we have seen time after time.

The positive way to utilize this Golden Rule is simply to treat others exactly as you want to be treated across the board, and that includes in every situation. We cannot pick and choose to treat others negatively, because all of us are human beings. We all bleed red, and any one of us can have a transplant from any other race. Why? Because the parts of our bodies were created by God, and they function exactly the same in each and every one of us.

Therefore, the way we think, however, is controlled by what we’ve learned during our lives and what has happened in our lives. Thus, some opt to want to get back at others because they have had such a disastrous life.

Quite the opposite is what The Golden Rule is requiring. Christians are to attend worship service, and we must learn that Jesus is love, and that we must treat others the way that we want to be treated. The concept occurs in some form in nearly every religion and ethical tradition. It can also be explained from the perspectives of psychology, philosophy, sociology, human evolution, and economics. Psychologically, it involves a person empathizing with others. Philosophically, it involves a person perceiving their neighbor also as “I” or “self.”

Sociologically, “love your neighbor as yourself” is applicable between individuals, between groups, and between individuals and groups.

According to Simon Blackburn, although the Golden Rule “can be found in some form in almost every ethical tradition,” the rule is “sometimes claimed by Christianity as its own.” Christians say that the Golden Rule was given by Jesus of Nazareth, who used it to summarize the Torah: “Do to others what you want them to do to you. This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets.” “Forget about the wrong things people do to you, instead, forgive them, and do not try to get even. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

Romans 12:3 says, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

Late self-help author Napoleon Hill stated he spent three hours both each morning and evening reading the Bible, meditating and visualizing the goals and dreams he wanted to accomplish for that day. Pay close attention to what his research has taught millions. Here, I share enough of his research to inspire you to want to learn more about the process and to go into action too.

In life, you do reap what you’ve sown, a personal testimony I can give. During this pandemic, a once-every-hundred-years experience, I have been blessed beyond my expectation, too numerous to list in this column. Just out of nowhere, friends call me to send money to me by various methods! It has been an eye-opener. I’m someone who has given this column weekly, without payment for my work, and I don’t get paid to host my radio show either. The goal of both have always been to help my people in ways that have been proven in biblical terms, just as Napoleon Hill did.

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email lyndiagrantshowdc@gmail.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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