“What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?” Luke 10:26
The verse today in the tenth chapter of Luke is the prelude to the story of the Good Samaritan. A religion scholar tested Jesus by asking, “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?” Jesus turned the question around and asked how he interpreted God’s law. To that the scholar answered, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.” (vs. 27)
Sometimes our next door neighbors are “hard to love.” Earlier this summer, my daughter and son-in-law’s neighbor removed a row of trees and bushes that provided a privacy border between the two homes. Soon after the trees stumps were removed, the neighbor spread a load of mulch on the ground. That’s all–no shrubs, no ground cover, just mulch that has become a paradise for weeds and a non-edible mushrooms.
We haven’t been good neighbors to ask the question, “Is everything okay with you guys?” Instead, we assume they are either lazy or don’t care how bad their yard looks. And, no one has asked if the neighbors have a plan to complete the project or if it is out just “out of sight–out of mind.”
On a larger scale, countries do the same thing. North and South Korea are a prime example of unresolved differences from the Korean War. Every now and then, disputes and propaganda threaten to cause another war. Can’t they at least agree to disagree?
My son-in-law is handling the situation. He called a fencing company for a quote. Sometimes it is easier to to with the “out of sight–out of mind” concept and then miss the opportunity to actually get to know your neighbors.
Lord, help us see anyone outside of our own home as a neighbor. Amen.