It is very interesting to me how followers of Christ tend to view their "neighbors" as those who they associate with in the context of Church. To a degree, this is appropriate. We should celebrate and embrace the fellowship of believers. In the same regard our love and friendships should extend, like Christ, far outside the walls of the church. Even to those who’s political and social positions are quite different than our own.
Now, it is one thing to recognize the need, it is another to actually do something about it. Here are some ideas of how we can expand our "neighborhood" to include those outside the church community.
- Volunteer at a local hospital to help with the sick who are suffering with cancer or aids
- Get involved in a group that shares your talents like a community singing group or sports league (don’t just play on the church team)
- Host a neighborhood block party
- Help with an after school program or free medical clinic (like our IC Hope ministry)