The Bible, the B.I.B.L.E., our Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, is in many respects “tight.” Many don’t agree with all of its doctrines and dictates, its teachings and traditions, but it is right. Like it or not, the Bible teaches us all that love is the answer; like it or not, love is the way.
The Bible Says that “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered…” (I Corinthians 13).
The Bible may not have guided Adam Silver, the Commissioner of the NBA, but his ruling was certainly Biblically based. Adam Silver’s reprimand of Donald Sterling was tight, but it was also right. The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers was banned for life from the NBA, prohibited from attending any NBA games, forbidden from having anything to do with the team he owns, AND fined $2.5 million; that’s a heavy, hefty fine, but as they say, if the shoe fits . . . .
The Bible says that we should love our enemies – that’s people we don’t like. The Bible says to turn the other cheek. The Bible says to forgive, and by implication, to forget. It may be tight, but it’s right. It’s not necessarily easy to do; in fact, in our strength, it’s really hard. But that’s the point. We can walk the narrow way with help from Heaven above. That’s the only way you can explain how we can love people who don’t love us.
The Bible says that God “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;” (Acts 17:26). In other words, all people and all nations and all kindreds and all tongues are one. We are one, we of one breed and one blood. We are tied to each other, so to disparage or discriminate against any is to despise and deride upon all.
And so the Bible is right, and the moral of the story is that love is stronger than hate, and blood is thicker than water. Sometimes we may not like each other, but we are to love one another. We may not get along all the time, but we need to go along with each other in order to learn how to get along with each other. Going the extra mile means that you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before chiding them and chastening them. It may be tight, but in any and every circumstance, it’s right.