5/14/2020 The Need for Neighborliness
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
With the Coronaviris Pandemic our governments have been trying to balance personal freedoms with common goods. It is a tight rope balancing act. Unfortunately, many are trying to make a political statement about their personal rights over the rights of their neighbors. The writer of the letter to the Philippians helps us put this into perspective. When balancing our own rights with the rights of others, we should put the care for our neighbors before what we consider our own rights. After all, if you don't care for your neighbor in a pandemic, you are ultimately not caring for your life either.
As we all know, most of the cases of COVID-19 are asymptomatic. You may have it and feel perfectly fine. You may never develop symptoms. But if, because you are feeling fine, you think you have the right to expose others, without concern for your vulnerable neighbor, you are acting out of selfish ambition and conceit. Christians are counseled by the scripture to take on the nature of Christ and to regard others higher than self. A little bit of personal suffering for the greater good never did anyone any harm.
Let us not look to our own interests, but the interests of others. Good advice anytime but essential during a pandemic