Jesus Christ of Nazareth told us in His Sermon on the Mount that “therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matt. 7:12)
This verse spans all demographics and age. Jesus knew that if we practice this principle, our lives would be much better and our world would be a better place.
Israel is a beautiful example of this.
On January 20, 2014, Israel was scheduled to open the “People, book, land / The 3,500 yearrelationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land” exhibition in Paris, France. On the eve of the inauguration, UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, postponed the exhibition after receiving a letter five days prior by 22 Arab delegations demanding that the exhibition be closed due to the “eminently political theme” and it would be “detrimental to the negotiations currently spurred by Secretary of State John Kerry.”
What could be more outlandish? The response of the State Department, that’s what. Israel is our ally, and they did nothing, stating “that the exhibition could somehow disturb the ongoing peace negotiations.”
Fast forward to January 22, 2014, and the United States’ embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israeli intelligence discovered a plot by Al Quaeda against the embassy and a Jewish conference center. What did they do? Just let it slide because the State Department wouldn’t stand up for them in the incident with the exhibition in Paris? (I’m being completely hypothetical. I have no way of knowing if these thoughts even entered their mind.) I’ll tell you what they did. They stood by us, their ally, and thwarted the plot, thereby protecting the lives of many innocent people. They did what was right, what they would want us (the United States) to do for them.
Of course, there’s a whole political problem on our end due to the exhibition in Paris, but that is not the point of this post. (If you want to learn more about it, go to the ACLJ website.)
It is so easy to assume that what we do as parents on a day-to-day basis doesn’t matter very much. Let’s just be honest here! Most of the things we do every day are very mundane and boring. But the truth is, these are the moments in our lives where we can teach and train our children the Word of God. Nothing is more important. My point is, if parents taught Jesus’ commands to their children, a lot of this garbage wouldn’t happen. There would be an underlying current of morality which would cause people to think about doing the right thing, not just doing what is convenient for them.
My dad one time told me that if every parent did their job in training their children according to the Word of God, this world would be a completely different place. What we do as parents is of utmost importance! God smiles on our faithfulness and He will reward us for this. So, dear parents, don’t ever believe the lie that the mundane, boring, daily tasks are not worthy of your time. They are worthy. We are molding the next generation. We must all do our part to ensure that we raise a generation of leaders who will not be afraid to stand up for what’s right, and do for our allies what Israel did for us two days ago.