Monday, August 11, 2008

The Rules for Real

A book called The Rules sold quickly a decade past and hasn't been heard from since. It told women to be coy to bring out the best in men. At least, that's what I've heard it said. Around a decade before that, another book sold to some and annoyed the rest: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. It listed the rules of kindergarten as the rules of life -- the only ones that matter, which most people tragically ignore. Miss Manners, Dear Abby (both of them) and thousands of other authors sally into the field of rule-making and most make a great entrance. Where do they end up? Most just fade from sight silently.
What are the rules? Who makes them? Nine-tenths of the world believes in God or gods. Who is God, if not the One who knows all and is always right? If He is always right, then He makes the rules.
My God is the One who came from Heaven as a baby called Yeshu'a in Bethlehem in the reign of Herod the Great, 2000 years ago. When He grew up, He explained the meaning of the rules He had lain down to Jewish prophets over the centuries. The most important, as many rabbis already knew and taught, were "Love God with all your heart and with all your mind and with all your soul and with all your strength" and "Love your neighbor as yourself". Contrary to the "OT-God-replaced by NT-God" hypothesis, both rules are in both testaments.
I believe Yeshu'a (Jesus) at all times. That means I believe that "Love God" is Rule One and "Love your neighbor" is Rule Two. Who is our neighbor? Everyone who needs us.
I set aside this space to talk about the needs and those who are meeting the needs of:
Persecuted Christians
Oppressed ethnic groups
The severely disabled
The unborn
The abused
Victims of torture and violence
The homeless and starving
The medically imperiled
and similarly needy people.

I want stories. Send me what you know about who needs help and who is helping such persons and peoples.
Thank you.

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