I do not feel comfortable to quote scripture because most individuals get “turned off” thinking “he thinks he is holier than thou.”
But I feel compelled to write this article because of the recent negative advertising from the top presidential candidates to our local politics.
Recent U.S. Supreme Court decision have authorized super pacs to spend millions of dollars on negative attacks without disclosing any names of donors.
Likewise person called “concerned citizens” have used local press to run full page negative ads called “facts”, some very personal, using a photo that is very degrading.
I think we can agree that most persons in this area are Christians who have studied religion and bible through CCD programs. The golden rule is mentioned many times in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. For your convenience, I have chosen some of my favorites.
Matthew 7:12 - “Therefore all that you wish men to do to you, even so do you also to them, for this is the law an the prophets.” Matthew 19:19 - “...thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.” Matthew 5:22 - “but I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgement...” The Old Testament Tobias 4:16 - “See thou never do to another what thou wouldst hate to have done to thee by another.” And finally, most famous, “Let he who is with sin cast the first stone.”
Therefore I challenge those fine “concerned citizens” to add their names to the next ad so that Jesus can pass out the “necessary stones”.
Now the tea party like to quote the constitution, especially Amendment 1: “Congress shall make no law...Abridging the freedom of speech or the of the press...”. Let us remember the constitution was adopted in September 17, 1787, and the amendments added later.
The law I want to refer to was written in stone by God called The Ten Commandments and given to Moses (Ex. 20:1-17) and witnessed by Jesus Christ, Son of David, many centuries ago. In this context, the eight commandants is important “you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
I will make a confession: many times in confession I have asked a priest to forgive me for saying things against my neighbor.
Because of the oil/gas boom in south Texas, I have met a lot of people form other areas, including out of state. We are concerned about laws being broken, illegal drugs brought in, etc. Yet some of our actions/deeds are immoral. Let us show our real character by loving our neighbor, which includes everyone. Neighbor I love you!
Justin Szalwinski, Sr.