February 14, 2017
We hear so much about relationships today that one might get the idea that this is a twenty first-century concept. Actually, the importance of good relationships has been known throughout history.
The great Rabbi Hillel (30 B.C. – A.D. 20) was once asked if he could sum up the Jewish law while standing on one foot. He answered: “Do not unto others that which you would not have done unto you. That is the entire Torah; the rest is commentary.” And the ancient law codes of Babylon and China revolve primarily around just and fair relationships.
But our relationships with other people remain today one of our greatest problems. The president of a large company once said that the most important thing in his business was the relationships among employees.
During one of Billy Graham’s evangelistic crusades in London, the British newspapers quoted some cutting remarks about him by a well-known clergyperson of that country. It was reported that when someone began telling Billy Graham about this he said: “God bless that man. If I were in his place, I’d probably feel the same way about me.” Such an attitude ensures personal peace of mind as well as the love and respect of other people.
Mahatma Gandhi spent his whole life helping his fellow citizens achieve their independence. What it took George Washington seven years of bloody war to accomplish, Gandhi did over more than thirty years by the power of quiet, loving nonresistance.
Jesus made it clear that the most important thing in the world is our relationship to God and to others. When we achieve that, everything good will follow.
Rev. Dr. David V. Calhoun, APC