Don’t Be a Jerk! Be a Neighbor!
These aren’t exactly ’neighborly’ times. Or are they? There is a ‘kill or be killed’ mentality that needs…to be killed.
Most of us can give examples of people being bad neighbors. We’ve all heard the stories about people buying huge amounts of necessities (like toilet paper and sanitizer) and then trying to sell these products for huge profits. 4 rolls/ $48. That’s criminal!
Medical workers are dealing with people who demand to be tested for Covid-19 when they don’t have the symptoms and don’t fit the criteria. This denies a limited resource to others who are truly in need.
Going out in public when you don’t absolutely need to? Bad idea. This puts those around you in danger. Is there anyone who hasn’t heard about the stunt pulled by NBA player, Rudy Gobert, who exposed countless people to the Corona virus with his careless attitude and actions?
What about more subtle offenses, like assuming the worst of others and their actions? That man buying two full carts of groceries might be buying for his own large household and several other families, as well. He might not be a hoarder but instead, be a ‘good Samaritan’. Not knowing his circumstances fully, who are we to judge?
The world is full of jerks!
It sure seems that way sometimes, but not everyone is jerk.
Granted, there’s a lot of that going around right now, but don’t you be that way.
Some people are acting like jerks, but many are not.
Join those who are taking opportunities to be heroes in their own little corners of the world. You’ve heard the stories. You’ve read the tales on Facebook. Perhaps you’ve even been witness to a few heroic actions.
Are you looking around in an effort to ‘see the unseen’, those who need help but go unnoticed? Find a way to make a difference. It’s a call to action for those of us who wear the name of Christ. Churches are being asked to cancel services, but that doesn’t mean we stop being the church.
There is still much to do, even if we can’t worship under the same roof.
What can you do?
Call to check on folks, especially those who are older or alone. Call them. Send cards. Leave the gift of a meal, cookies, or a few flowers on their porch.
Check in with that new mom or that single parent. The isolation will probably be extra difficult for folks in their position.
A quick phone call to let them know they are being thought of and prayed for can be extremely meaningful.
Now is the perfect time for outreach! When you see neighbors (who are als0 staying at home), offer to pray with and for them. Tell them how you’re praying for your city, your country, and the world and ask if you may include them and their loved ones.
Be like the guy in seat 2D who gave his first-class seat to a mom traveling alone with her infant daughter, who is on oxygen.
Imitate the woman in Target, who paid for the groceries of the customer in front of her, who was short on funds. If you’ve been there (and many of us have), remember what it’s like to have to put things back because you’re short on cash.
It’s embarrassing and stressful.
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Old words. Lovely words. Let’s keep our eyes open for answers to the question, “Who is my neighbor?”