Dr. Kent M. Keith is currently president of Pacific Rim Christian University. During his time as an undergraduate at Harvard he wrote a poem that has now traveled around the world and translated into more than 15 foreign languages. A copy of this poem was even found hanging on the wall of Mother Teresa’s children’s home in Calcutta, India. The Paradoxical Commandments is an inspirational poem that details how one should go about living a kind and giving life, even though it can sometimes seem fruitless. While the commandments presented in this poem are not particularly religious, they do present themes that are also prevalent in the Bible. I’ve added a few scriptures which emphasize the principle put forth by Dr. Keith.
The 10 Paradoxical Commandments #1 and #2
#1 People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
- Love them anyway.
# 2 If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
- Do good anyway.
Think about it
#1 – People are to love all people, even in spite of the fact that they may be hard to love. They may be selfish, silly, and stubborn, but we are to love them anyway.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (ESV)
1 John 4:19-21 We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (ESV)
#2 – We are told to do good acts and even though people may think we have selfish reasons for doing them. Living a good and virtuous life even though it is not the easiest path one can take is a must.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (ESV)
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (ESV)