In 2018, I wrote a three part article on living in harmony which is on my website. It is 2020 now and there appears to be no improvement in how we treat each other. Some of us continue to allow politics to determine how we treat others. Some of us treat people differently also based on the colour of their skin, their nationality, their educational background, their age, their position in society, the physical size of an individual and their financial status.
I believe that the way we treat others will come back to haunt us and we will either deliberately forget or won’t remember on how we treated others in the past. The thing is we should treat people well no matter who they are. In Luke 6:31 the word of God tells us to “do to others as you would have them do to you.” The word of God also says in Galatians 6:7 “whatever a man sows, he will reap in return.”
Sometimes the people you treat mean may very well be the same people that will help you in the future. Do you remember how Joseph’s brothers treated him? Many years later, they bowed before Joseph and I am quite sure later they were filled with regrets of being mean to Joseph.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions and therefore should be encouraged to express their opinions without attacking individuals personally. Assassinating the characters of our politicians, their respective families and their supporters are wrong. It is fine to have different political views and opinions and quite frankly there is no philosophical difference between the two parties.
Most of us only make an issue of the attacks if the attacks are against the politicians or the party we support. If we want to make a stand, speak out against the attacks on both sides of the fence. Some of the same people today who are now asking others to respect and love our politicians remained quiet in the past when members of their parties disrespected the other side. Some of the people in the past who were asking for respect back then for politicians are today disrespecting some of the politicians.
Does it mean the attacks are right? It is wrong now, it was wrong in the past and it will be wrong in the future. Therefore we must treat people right no matter their political affiliation because if you don’t, your day will come and you may not be able to stand it. Furthermore, people are switching political parties all of the time and so it does not make sense attacking one another because some of those same people will either be on your side or no longer on your side.
What we need to do is to lead by example as the young people and children are watching and mimicking us. What type of society do we want? Do we want a society that tears down others? Do we want a society that uplifts and encourages others? If we want a positive society, then treat people right and forget about their political affiliation. One thing if you treat people right, you can sleep better at nights.
The treatment you receive is sometimes due to the seed that you planted. How can you plant a seed of hate and expect a plant of love? How can you plant a seed of disrespect and want a plant of respect? You see when you sow a love seed, you will reap a love plant. When you sow a respectful seed, you will reap a respectful plant. When you sow a hateful seed, you will reap a hateful plant. When you sow a disrespectful seed, you will reap a disrespectful plant.
Despite the type of seed we planted though, if you water and cover those hateful and disrespectful plants on a daily basis with “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23), you are equipping yourself to treat others right.