We take walks behind the church from time to time, walking through the greatest neighborhood called Bakers Farm. We noticed the Neighborhood Watch sign a while back and it made me feel good. I like the thought of folks caring for each other, keeping a look out. It makes you feel more than safe. It makes you feel reassured about where you live and who you are living around. There’s a certain amount of trust in that. I kept thinking about how much the world needs that, trust. We don’t trust each other anymore. It’s sad really, each of us living our own existence, connected by thin digital lines made up of pictures and tweets. If you really need someone, will a status update really provide?!
8 Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. —Genesis 4
For the Christian, the care of others is inseparable from the grace of God. The witness of scripture testifies to God’s extravagant love being poured out on a world that seldom returns it. But nonetheless, God continues to care for us. I hear so many people say, “God could just snap his fingers and fix all the problems.” But what I rarely hear is, “God is good and just and given the state of the world and it’s entire history, he could snap his fingers and end it all.” That’s grace and he gives us every opportunity to do good for others. Christians are given a mission that involves transformation—power of such great change that the world could be renewed if that power would be unleashed in love and obedience. Instead? We are surrounded by a culture that buries it’s brother and thinks no one will know. We don’t keep our brothers…from pain, from sin…from death.
God consistently and continuously tells his people throughout scripture to choose life and when we do the world finds life because we’ve kept our brothers and sisters from death. We need a “neighborhood watch” that values life and cares for one another. There would be trust in our relationships. Real trust leads to hope. We need hope these days and I’ll tell you where you can find it. You can find it in your Maker. God watches over you and charges you to watch over others. Reassure the world and graciously watch over it.