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Choose the better neighbor


By Justin Gilbert

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

With the general election fast approaching, I’m taking an alternative path for a commentary. You’ve most likely decided who you are voting for anyway, so you don’t need me to persuade you to one side or tell you how much I dislike the other party’s candidates. I’m not announcing who I’m voting for, but I am writing to praise the characteristics of my favorite candidates. Simply put, I’m voting for the better neighbor.

Yes, that’s right— the neighbor who diligently labors in his field, business, or place of employment, and does not make excuses for a tough economy. The neighbor, who, when capable of working but has lost his job, continues to strive for employment without stealing from other neighbors’ possessions. The neighbor who pays for services rendered. The neighbor who looks after the neighborhood when orphans, widows and elderly are in distress and provides help where help is truly needed. The neighbor who tells you that you’re wrong when you deserve it, and takes you to task without taking you to court. The neighbor who loves his family and spends more time investing in the next generation than in his own self and selfish ambitions. The neighbor who gladly celebrates his neighbor’s success and does not brag about his own. And, finally, the neighbor who does not trust in man or material wealth for eternal well-being, but truly trusts and honors the Designer of all things.

Thomas Jefferson stated, “I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” That’s it exactly. A good neighbor has a mind-set of personal accountability. A good neighbor has a mind-set of “I can do it myself.” They don’t blame others when times are bad. They don’t expect things to be easy. They don’t take hand-outs without working for them. They don’t slander fellow neighbors. They don’t kill infants in the womb, because they realize those infants are the next generation of neighbors that they hope to know and love. They look after the abused and hold the abuser accountable, without persecuting the innocent. They act swiftly to defend the neighborhood and won’t back down to terrorists because they are armed and prepared to do so. They make a firm decision to deal with the conditions at hand, whether good or bad, and persevere, persist, and improve. I’m thankful for neighbors like that. I’m also thankful that we have candidates that live like good neighbors. Who are the better neighbors in this election? Well, you likely know that already.

Thank you for being a responsible neighbor and voting for individuals that will allow us to be accountable for making and keeping our own neighborhood. Even Jesus when asked about the greatest commandment stated, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it; “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”(NIV). As for me and my family this election season, we will vote for the better neighbor. And, we will strive to do a better job of fulfilling God’s commandments because of what God has done for our great neighborhood—here in Minnesota, here in the great United States of America, and here in our global neighborhood.

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5:33:15, Oct 1st 2012

MrRogers says:
It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?...

It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood, A neighborly day for a beauty. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?...

I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So, let's make the most of this beautiful day. Since we're together we might as well say: Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor? Won't you please, Won't you please? Please won't you be my neighbor?

Excellent work Mr. Gilbert!