We crave the guidelines


The other day I had to go into Kingsford Woodland Elementary School. I was startled by the poster hanging on the wall. There were several character qualities mentioned but the one that stood out was caring.

I was reminded of the four character qualities posted around the pool at the Y: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. Then I mused why do we have to repeat these qualities so often? While thinking about this for several weeks the article on “Anti-Bullying presentation at Norway-Vulcan Area Schools” caught my eye. And then just last Saturday Gail Galotta wrote, “How we behave is part of human nature.”

Do you recall the article? Tom Hanks remarked that 20 percent of people are not nice. She went on to reflect “Am I really a nice person? Most of us would like to think so. Most of us believe in the Golden Rule.”

Where did the Golden Rule come from? Do you remember what the rule says? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Where does that come from? It’s interesting that it comes from the Bible. Matthew 7:12.

Yet even if God is not dead, few of us know what the Bible says or read it to check up on our lives. I also found a popular book interesting for the same reason “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

Many Biblical principles are stated in a popular form. Isn’t it interesting that even when we throw out the Bible, prayer or other items for the sake of “separation of church and state” we crave the guidelines that allow us to co-exist?

Pascal observed: “There’s a God shaped vacuum in every man that only the man Christ Jesus can fill.”

Interesting isn’t it? Evolution doesn’t teach us how to get along. Without the Bible, society becomes much like the island in “Lord of the Flies.”

I don’t know about you, but I need Jesus in order to live according to the Golden Rule, otherwise I’ll tend to “get them before they get me.”

And it won’t matter how many signs I read about caring without a personal relationship with Jesus.

Anthony W. Adams