Who are the people in your neighborhood? They are the people that you meet when you are walking down the street…so the song from our childhood goes. How important is it to know who lives around you? According to a new survey, it’s very important.
Almost 7 in 10 U.S. adults (68%) say they trust the people who live in their local community, according to a study from Nashville-based Lifeway Research. Close to a quarter of Americans (23%) disagree, and 10% say they aren’t sure. “Trust is the basis of a peaceful society,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research. “It’s a hopeful sign that amid months of distancing and political unrest more than two-thirds of Americans trust those in their community.” Christians who attend church at least monthly (71%) are more likely than those who attend less frequently (51%) to say they know the names of their neighbors. American adults who hold evangelical beliefs (67%) are also more likely than those without such beliefs (57%) to say they know the people who live near them by name. “Remembering the names of people you meet is the first sign that you care about them,” said McConnell. “For Christians, caring can also include praying for those individuals by name and for their relationship with God.”
Even with all the obstacles against us to breakdown relationships, Christians have found a way to stay connected with those around us. Knowing and trusting those who are physically close to us is vital to our emotional and physical health. It also goes to show the importance of being our “brother’s keeper.” When our life is centered on the service of Christ it makes it much easier to see past ourselves and embrace the needs of others. We might not be able to change the circumstances of our situation but we do not have to go through hard times alone.
Jesus did not promise us all good times, but He did promise to always be with us. When we seek to know our neighbors and share life with them we demonstrate a small portion of that love Christ has shown us.
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
Serving the Savior,
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