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What did we learn in kindergarten?
May 17, 2010
by Pastor Wally Glucklich, Elim Mission Church, Cokato

Are you fed up with the political maneuvering, harassing, arm-twisting, and bullying? Are you frustrated by the shell game by government and Wall Street? Are you fed up with the blame game, it’s not my fault? You’re not alone.

There are millions who are asking the question, “What are the moral standards that guide the people who lead this great nation?”

Has the ‘60s situational ethics and relativism bore its fruit? These social philosophies have a common ingredient, individualistic values and morals and the notion that if you can get away with it, it must be okay. Today, there appears to be no common moral standard in our country. The only solution has been to enact more laws.

Laws don’t work. They are like locks that keep honest people out, for there is always one creative person who knows how to get around the rules in order to work a new scheme.

The issue is not more laws, but an honest heart. Instead of thousands of laws and regulations, has anyone ever tried “principles?”

As a society, we threw out the baby with the bathwater when the alleged “separation of church and state” ruling was made. Not only did our nation remove religion from school, it also removed the biblical moral code from our society and government.

What would our political process, our financial institutions, our corporations, and our educational systems be like, with the principles of “Do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matt. 7:12) or “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:29)? Instead of a thousand laws, these two principles would work wonders!

Robert Fulghum, in his book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” highlights principle living. Here are some principles he learned in kindergarten that our government, corporations, and society could consider:

• Play fair.

• Share.

• Don’t hit people.

• Clean up your own mess.

• Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.

• Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

Wouldn’t it be a better world if we learned to “Love our neighbor as ourselves?”