Chili Cook-Off and Loving Neighbors
I recently attended our Neighborhood Association’s Chili Cook-Off. That is similar to putting your life in the hands of your neighbors. The un-named ingredient that causes a specific Chile to taste so unique could be anything from Armadillo to Rattlesnake. That moist taste could come from a beverage you don’t normally (or ever) drink. But these are you’re neighbors. For many of us, the model of neighborhood came from Mr. Rogers, who sang, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood . . .won’t you be my neighbor.” Some of us learned a neighbor quote from English writer and Christian apologist, Gilbert K. Chesterton, “We make our friends. We make our enemies. But God makes our neighbors.” And then there was this anonymous quote – “My neighbor knocked on my door at 2:30am this morning. Lucky. I was still up playing my bagpipes.” Seriously, the Bible records Jesus saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). Makes one wonder if Jesus ever attend a Chili cook-off or had a neighbor who played the bagpipes?