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What's Good for the Goose
Dr. William James Carter, The 1st
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WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE…
Min. William James Carter, The 1st
In the society of today many are critical of how others handle themselves. Dictations are made to the end that others should handle themselves according to the standards the unattached party dictates. But, this same person is not willing to live the life that he determines others should live.
Let us take, for example, the ideology that the clergy is supposed to have the perfect life with nothing affecting them. Ministers and elders are supposed to take insults and attacks and act as though nothing happened. The organist is not supposed to ever miss a beat and the choir director must know all the latest songs, whether gospel or secular. Moreover, the poor van driver must know every street in every surrounding city without the benefit of a map. Never mind the poor Christian that is working as hard as he can just to make ends meet for his family; he is supposed to have everything in order.
Is all this reasonable? Does it make sense that everyone has to be perfect save the one setting the standards? Why is the one with the beam so critical of the one with the mote? Matthew 7:3-5 ask the same questions but in a different way.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considers not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
The representation painted here is just as ridiculous as a person having a tree stuck in his abdomen, and in dire straits for medical attention, but he will correct another because he rubbed a piece of wood the wrong way and has a splinter. Surely the person with the tree lodged in his being has his priorities in the wrong place, much like the person described above, who is so ready to correct everyone else's life but has tremendous problems in his own. Neither is treating the other the way he wants to be treated.
There is an old saying, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander" that holds a great truism. While this quote deals with male and female geese, it is more than applicable in the context regarding treating others as you want to be treated. Jesus makes a great point of this axiom in Matthew 7:12.
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
It is more than obvious what Jesus is saying. The person who has so much to say about others lives might do good to rid himself of all the problems he has before he goes on to deal with idiosyncrasies in the lives of others. Jesus goes on to say that such a person critical of his brother for a mere splinter is nothing more than a fraud. A fraud because he pretends to be something that he is not. He pretends to have everything in check and in order when really his entire life is falling apart.
Thou Hypocrite! What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
© 2005 The Christian Perspective
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02 Apr 2005
Hallelujah! Thank you! Exactly what I have believed for years.
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