We all know the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In other words, treat one another as you would like to be treated, or better, love one another as you would like to be loved. It seems so simple in theory, but in practice often seems out of our grasp.
Here’s an example of the kind of love we’re called to, that is taken from Lancaster County history. In his book,
The Grace of Giving, Stephen Olford tells of a Baptist pastor during the American Revolution, Peter Miller, who lived in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, and enjoyed the friendship of George Washington. In Ephrata also lived Michael Wittman, an evil-minded sort who did all he could to oppose and humiliate the pastor. One day Michael Wittman was arrested for treason and sentenced to die. Peter Miller traveled seventy miles on foot to Philadelphia to plead for the life of the traitor.
"No, Peter," General Washington said. "I cannot grant you the life of your friend."
"My friend!" exclaimed the old preacher. "He's the bitterest enemy I have."
"What?" cried Washington. "You've walked seventy miles to save the life of an enemy? That puts the matter in different light. I'll grant your pardon." And he did.
Peter Miller took Michael Wittman back home to Ephrata--no longer an enemy but a friend.
How far would you be willing to walk to share the love of God with those who need it??