Published on October 20th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
South Carolina Proud
Dr. Jed N. Snyder
When unrelenting rain inundated South Carolina, especially Columbia and the Pee Dee, our fellow residents rose to the challenge once again. Some remember that the horrific murders in the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church building in Charleston, SC. gave rise to an almost incredible spirit of forgiveness to the murderer and care for the family and friends of those murdered. This recent storm has given rise to similar loving actions. Thousands have arisen to assist those who became homeless or were significantly badly damaged by flood waters. This behavior will continue into the foreseeable future since it will be many months until the destruction can be overcome.
The Bible addresses these kinds of attitudes.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone… Galatians 6:10.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
While some will say that this good will is just good citizenship, those of us who have had the privilege of traveling overseas, know better. Many cultures and countries do not see this sort of mutual care in abundance as we see here. We are not truly a Christian nation, but our forefathers did build our nation on Biblical principles, not the least of these is found in the Golden Rule.
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. Luke 6:31
Maybe one of the positive effects of this deluge will be a good reminder that Christian principles still exist and motivate excellent behavior. None of us desires evil to come, but when it does come we can always learn some abundantly good life lessons.
Happy thinking and acting for the good of others.