The state of neighbouring in the UK
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“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ “.” (Luke 10:25-27)
“” ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbour as yourself. I am the LORD..” (Leviticus 19:18
1) Radically Great Christians are passionate about their God.
2) Radically Great Christians are great neighbours
The St James Church Top Neighbouring Tip List
A Twelve Point Guide to being the Perfect Neighbour
- Deliver a house-warming bottle of wine to you when you move in to your property;
- Ask you to carry out no more than two menial tasks for them per month – for example signing for a parcel.
- Return an item they’ve borrowed from you within 16 days.
- Invite you round for a meal / barbecue or out to dinner six times per year;
- Babysitting for you 10 times over the course of a year
- Engage you in ‘small talk’ for no longer than four minutes when they bump into you in the street or catch your eye over the garden fence (any more than this and they are considered to be too intrusive…unless you’re really good friends);
- Keep an eye on the house when you go away on your summer holidays;
- Return children’s play equipment eg balls quickly.
- Contact you if your burglar alarm or car alarm sounds when you’re not at home;
- Stop playing loud music and take any al fresco parties inside no later than 9pm (if you’re not at the party that is!);
- Look after a pet if you go on holiday
- NEVER, EVER cut any tree, plant or shrub that’s in your garden but has grown partially into theirs – without consulting you first.
“But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?””(Luke 10:29)
(i) Neighbouring is a decision to intervene.
” But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. ” (Luke 10:33)
(ii) Neighbouring is costly.
“Look after him and when I return I will reimburse you for any extra expense you have.” (Luke 10:35)
(iii) Neighbouring is messy
” He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. “(Luke 10:34)
(iv) love your enemies.
“”Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.””
What will I do next?
I want to know more:
- Ideas and resources to help you love your neighbour: http://artofneighboring.com/
- To Read: Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon, The Art of Neighbouring
- To Read: Tom Sine, Mustard Seed v McWorld
- To Read: “To love your neighbour, you must know your neighbour”, http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2011/03/29/to-love-your-neighbor-you-must-know-your-neighbor/
- Problems with your neighbours? If saying sorry doesn’t resolve it…visit http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/england/housing_e/housing_problems_where_you_live_e/neighbour_disputes.htm