Choose recreational kindness — unkindness is a terrible common denominator

A kindness deficiency is causing much pain and creating many problems. Please contribute all the kindness you can to help overcome it. Humankind needs human kindness. If I had a political slogan it would be: Be kind and fair to everybody.

Try some recreational kindness today. It’s a lot of fun to be nice to people.

When unkindness becomes a nation’s common denominator, it’s in major trouble. It hard to like yourself if you dislike human beings. (After all, you are one.) Human life is precious and temporary. Perhaps we should handle it with care. Hurting humans need healing, not hate.

Human beings can’t be divided into camps of good and evil. We all contain both. All attempts to deny the humanity of certain groups of people, are lies. There’s something good, something delightful in every person. Find and appreciate it.

I’m often inspired by people who look different than me; sometimes bored by those who look similar to me. Risk getting to know people you feel uncomfortable around. It will enrich your life.

Uncomfortable truth is easier to deny than to face. Admit the truth anyway. If you don’t like liars, every untruth you tell will diminish your self-esteem.

When political debate abounds in lies, deceit, and accusation, a nation’s in trouble. To deny the light of truth, is to choose to walk in darkness. Telling the truth about history isn’t unpatriotic. When people get political power, there’s strong temptation to compromise their morals in order to hold on to that power.

100% completely moral, fair, and honest people, would make any system just. However, unjust, dishonest, immoral people will corrupt any form of government.

The Bible exposes the worst of Israel’s history. History looks different asking, What really happened? not, What makes me feel good?

The American Founding Fathers knew that corruption in human hearts was the main problem in government. That’s why they created checks & balances to keep any individual from having complete power. (Many of them had complete power over enslaved people on their plantations, so they had first hand experience of how cruelty could take over if not checked by some authority.)

Being a Christian makes me want to talk about the living Jesus, not about politics. My choice isn’t on any ballot. I choose to surrender to and obey the living Jesus.

People of quality don’t oppose the concept of genuine equality. Some people get angry when hurting people express their pain. Compassion would be a better response. Surely “freedom of speech” includes being able to peacefully express your pain without being judged as “unpatriotic.”

Much of what people say and do is an attempt to avoid the voice of their conscience. God’s grace doesn’t nullify your conscience, but activates it, so that you’re intently aware how much you need Christ’s mercy.

The Jews wanted the Messiah as a political leader, but Jesus came to change hearts. Jesus came to transform people from within, not to reform government systems.

Left and right
Are out of my sight.
I’m called to be a light
For the risen Jesus Christ.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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