World Kindness Day: A Secular Tradition All Religions Can Celebrate

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Around the world, November 13 is recognized and celebrated as World Kindness Day, a self-explanatory notion, and those behind the movement hope to gain an official recognition by the United Nations.

About World Kindness Day

Although not yet officially recognized by the United Nations, World Kindness Day is an international observance that occurs on November 13.

The recognition of the day was first introduced in 1998 by the similarly-named World Kindness Movement, which is a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

A secular, humanist celebration

World Kindness Day encourages people around the world to overlook national boundaries, race, gender and religion to come together, bound through the common thread of kindness, which is a fundamental part of the human condition.

World Kindness Day not incompatible with biblical teachings

Kindness is a core component of Jewish and Christian teachings.

In Judaism, (and in the Christian Old Testament),  the prophet Micah wrote:

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

– Micah 6:8

In many Bible verses kindness is viewed as a component of love, which is the most fundamental teaching of Jesus Christ.

Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment from God was.

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

– Matthew 22:36-40

The apostle Paul wrote:

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

– Ephesians 4:32

Christianity teaches that all must make kindness a core part of their mindset and behavior.

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,”

– Colossians 3:12