We live in a world of hurtful, self-centered, and unforgiving people. The modern morally deprived person (and the so-called ‘righteous’ one) has a bad habit of judging an individual for just about anything. We are less likely to do this towards someone who is attractive, similar to us or wealthy/popular than one whom we consider to be “no good” in our eyes. It is human nature, but is it something we can overcome? Is this the way we should be treating our fellow human beings? Do we have no faults of our own that we are permitted to point out the faults of others? And when our fellow man makes terrible life choices, mistakes, or even hurts us, does this give us a free pass in cruel judgement? I would say this is something we can and should overcome indeed and it starts with the individual!  “And the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” (Zechariah 7:8-10)

How do we change this current trend of treating others without compassion? We should start by treating each and every single person we meet, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, size or shape, culture, religious beliefs, social status, wealth, hair or eye color, clothes worn, music preference, etc. as we would treat ourselves. Be generous, forgiving, and understanding to a friend as well as an enemy. Be willing to give your excess to those truly in need, especially when you have more than enough. Show compassion for both the people who care for you and for those who have caused suffering. For the Christian, tell the story of Christ to those who have no hope. Do this and you may plant the seed of salvation in the most unlikely people. Be the example that lifts the veil of those around you and Lord willing, lead them to Christ. “Then [Jesus] said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38)

All are equal, for there is no distinction in His creation. Who are we to pass judgement on the work of the Creator? It is not our charge to do so, but what we are to do is to treat everyone as we would treat ourselves (Golden rule, anyone?). Have compassion on all you meet as the opportunity presents itself. We all struggle through this life, and what better way to distract ourselves (selfish, I know) than by helping others. Trust in the Lord if He has put this challenge in your path. Take the time out of your busy, self-indulging schedule to treat someone who is different, fairly and get to know them. Be patient, kind and understanding to ALL. Your effort will make the world a better place. “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.” (Deuteronomy 16:17)