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Do No Harm

Hate melts away when we consider that each person wrestles with their own brokenness and pain.

The Individuals we love to hate often cover up enormous amounts of pain and loss. All of the bravadoness and buffoonery in the world cannot make our personal losses and heartaches go away–even if we are Donald Trump.

Who am I to hold a grudge against those who have injured my pride, or who are opposed to what I believe?

My mission is not to try and coerce the world or anyone in it into seeing things my way. Rather, I am here to effect change though the subtlties of influence and compassion; to reflect the beauty of grace and to shine a light upon God’s goodness! He is the One who transforms and changes hearts? Like the sunflowers in the field, my face is turned toward the Son of righteousness for mercy and forgiveness.

​When we are in tune with what God values, our lives stand out in bold contrast to the dysfunctions of the world. We don’t have to tell people we’re different because it is written all over our lives. The challenge is that some may not believe we are real. Compassion scares those who are used to a steady diet of bigotry and hate.

Part of the Hippocratic oath that Physicians take, reads, “I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course….Into whatsoever houses I enter, I will enter to help the sick, and I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm, especially from abusing the bodies of man or woman, bond or free.” The idea of not harming others is worthy of emulation. In our interactions with people each day our goal should be only to bless and heal.

Our recent Presidential election was a crazy ride. Many are afraid of how the new administration will act and legislate. Even if we find ourselves at odds with some of Trump’s policies and agenda, we can lash out and resort to name-calling, or we can take the high road and stay focused on the issues without denigrating the person. Otherwise we become like those who are completely unprincipled. We may not win every argument or battle, yet in the end, if we have treated each one with dignity and respect (even when they don’t deserve it), we are richer for it!

Imagine yourself as an actor or actress on a stage. Do you know your part? Do you know your lines? When the time comes for you to act, will it be with spontanaety and grace, or will you miss your cue?

“You are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted” (1 Peter 2:9-10, The Message).

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About Rich DuBose

Rich DuBose

is director of Church Support Services for the Pacific Union Conference

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