Standoffish

Jesus said:
“Love your neighbor as yourself”.

But how can He—
expect me—to be friendly,
with people I don’t even know.

I have lots of blessings,
and they don’t have that much.
I’m afraid, they’ll try to take,
what I’ve worked so hard to get.

So I don’t greet my neighbors,
that way they won’t get
any wrong ideas.

Because if you allow people,
to get too close to you,
you might even begin,
to feel sorry for them.

And once they discover—
you possess a heart of gold,
they turn from neighborly,
into gold-diggers.

And it would be my fault,
because I enabled them.

But what if the tables were turned,
would I do the same?

Oh my, “Heavens No”!

By: ElRoy © 2019

Listen to Jason Gray—Fear Is Easy, Love Is Hard song

“They’re listening through a hardened shell. It takes emotional labor to disarm your deep moral and political alarm system and permit yourself a great deal of genuine curiosity about people who you see as some type of Other. That’s hard work to do. You have to do it purposefully. That’s what I think many people can’t do. If one feels like the person in front of you would attack you under normal circumstances, it is not a natural act to open up to them.”
Excerpt from Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild

What Does it Mean to Love Your Neighbor as Yourself?

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ there is no commandment greater than these.” Bible, Mark 12:30-31

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