Posted on 09.07.2018

The Other Commandment - Soapbox Rewind

*NOTE* Charlie will be back with a brand new soapbox on Monday, in the meantime, here's a rewind from WAY back in 2000. - TeamCDB

Just before Jesus went to the cross he gave his disciples another commandment, to love one another. With the exception of the commandment to love God with all our hearts, the others are all wrapped up in the new one that Jesus gave.

If we love one another we will not steal from each other, kill each other, or sleep with our neighbor’s wife. We will honor our parents and keep all the other commandments just by simply keeping this one.

It really came home to me that what is lacking in this world is love. When a lot of things which are done under the guise of love and caring are motivated by basic instincts. Social programs - which are instituted for political gain - have nothing to do with love and actually smack of servitude.

So many of what should be our finer endeavors are fueled by profit, not love. Even in the Christian community where love is supposed to abound, we have some serious shortcomings. We sometimes become so critical of other people that we tend to forget that the first thing we’re supposed to do is love that person, not judge them.

Are you afraid to tell someone you love them? I don’t mean your spouse or your kids, I mean a friend or associate. Are you afraid that you’ll be looked upon as silly and weak if you speak those three little words?

Are you afraid that the world will view you as foolish?

Well, you’re right they probably will, but who cares. Try it, just think of someone that you love and just walk right up and say, “John, I don’t think that I've ever told you this, but I love you, as a brother loves a brother.”

It may seem a little strange the first couple of times but it gets easier and easier. I tell people that I love them all the time, and I do and if the world wants to make something out of it they can talk to God about it. It’s his commandment, not mine. I'm just simply trying to follow it.

Another thing I do is hug people. There is nothing in this world which takes the place of a good hug. Everybody needs one once in a while. There’s something healing in hugging. I've hugged saints and sinners, bikers, bankers, lawyers, liberals, dopers, cowboys and a young man dying with AIDS. I even hugged a president one time.

You see, I believe that love can be contagious. I believe that if we really and sincerely show love for others that we can start an epidemic, and oh what a wonderful disease it would be. If you’re having trouble understanding what I'm talking about let me give you a good starting place.

The next time you look at someone, don’t think about how that person is dressed or how they wear their hair or what color they are or what social strata they belong to. Look at that person as someone who Jesus spent six hours on the cross for, in unimaginable agony that they might have eternal life.

Now if God loved that person that much, who are we to criticize and judge? Let’s try to develop tolerance and patience with each other. You’d be surprised how far a little courtesy can go. Even if someone is being rude to you, as hard as it is, if you’ll be polite and courteous to that person you’ll feel much better for it.

Can we try something? You and me? Let’s go out today with the thought of keeping that all-important commandment to love one another. Let’s take that attitude on every drive, into every business meeting, in everything we do and every relationship we have.

Try it for a month sincerely and regularly and see what happens. I think you’ll be surprised. Let me hear from you on this after the month is over.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

— Charlie Daniels


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love in all areas
I loved your recent book. Dont look at the empty seats. Good life story. Thankyou SLb
Posted by Steven
I Am
Amen, Amen & Amen Charlie when I hear the Commandment on Love, I always go back to as a child, gleaning cornfields in order to survive and the farmers who let you do it were always the ones who were church goers and respected by all, the following is from the Old Testament, nuff said God Bless Plowboy Leviticus 19:9-18 King James Version 9 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. 10 And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the Lord your God. 11 Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. 12 And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord. 13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning. 14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the Lord. 15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. 16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the Lord. 17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. 18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, BUT THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF: I AM THE LORD.
Posted by Plowboy
What Capitalism REALLY is.
Merv, people forget that capitalism isn't about everyone doing things in their own self-interest. It's about doing things without the government. If those novel treatments for various illnesses that you mentioned were discovered by a non-profit group instead of a for-profit business, they wouldn't be shelved or thrown out. Such a non-profit group is just as much a part of the private sector as a for-profit business, because they do things without the government. -- Tru Cola
Posted by Tru