The prophet Malachi asks a rhetorical question: “Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?” Most people would agree that we are all children of God. But Malachi’s follow-up question is much more challenging: “Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother?” (Malachi 2:10). In the next chapter, Malachi declares that when the Savior comes to earth, He will be “a swift witness against…those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:5, 3 Nephi 24:5).
Job drew the same conclusion from the principle that we are all children of God:
If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;
What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?
Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?Job 31:13-15
The Book of Mormon prophet Jacob followed the same logic as he denounced the growing economic inequality among his people:
Do ye not suppose that such things are abominable unto him who created all flesh? And the one being is as precious in his sight as the other.Jacob 2:21
Yesterday, my family had the privilege of attending the launch of the Mobile Giving Machine in Charlotte. At the event, we heard religious and community leaders inviting us to light the world by giving to those in need. Today, my wife and I visited the machine and made a donation which will benefit refugees arriving in our community.
There are so many ways to give. Let’s follow the counsel of Malachi, Job, and Jacob. Let’s remember that we are all children of one God and that He loves us all. Let’s find ways to serve the people around us and treat other people the way our Father wants them to be treated.