A Case for Kindness-Proactive Kindness
August 31, 2019
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”
Our history as a local church is tied to healthcare. In healthcare, one of the four commonly acknowledged and accepted principles of ethics is nonmaleficence. This means not harming, or inflicting the least harm possible to reach a beneficial outcome. Jesus’ call to proactive kindness is not to just not do what we wouldn’t want done to us, but it is proactive-DO for others what we wish for ourselves. What do we wish for ourselves at the end of a hard day of work? Possibly a meal, a shower, a safe bed in which to rest? What would we wish for ourselves if we were without resources to care for ourselves or our child? What would we wish if facing oppression in the land of our origin? Caught in some form of economic slavery, what would we wish for ourselves? We have unending opportunities for proactive kindness. God’s kindness to us compels us to proactive kindness toward others.