The Golden Rule teaches we should do to others as we would want done to us. This principle promotes what is called “the common good.” What are the two main guiding principles of the common good in society? First, people should be treated equally. Second, people should worship freely. How do societies exist without everyone tearing each other apart? The answer is, in part, God’s common grace and the freedom of conscience.
Common grace is God’s goodness on people regardless of their salvation. This grace is common because both Christians and non-Christians receive it. Common grace is a beautiful sunset, a walk on the beach, and ice cream. Anyone can enjoy such things. Common grace is obviously different than saving grace, which only comes through the sacrifice of Jesus. Several passages point to God’s common grace. Here are two for you to consider.
“The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.” – Psalm 145:9
“For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the
unjust alike.” – Matthew 5:45 (NLT)
Why are people not always as bad as they can possibly be? God’s goodness acts as a restraining force in this world. His grace is the reason why “bad” people can sometimes do “good” things. And frankly, even the people who are “good” can do “bad” things. We all need
God’s saving grace! As the Golden Rule teaches, we should be kind since God is kind. And we should promote the common good for all because the more people experience God’s common grace, the more likely they are to experience His saving grace. The freedom of your conscience gives you a basic understanding of right and wrong. God’s common grace means you can experience the goodness of this world. The common good means we should do what we can to practice the Golden Rule. But for us to be saved, there is only one way. That way is Jesus Christ.