Try Liking Your Neighbor – A Real Neighbor
Terry Muck first made a name in handball, winning the U.S. championship for that sport in 1973. He went on to edit a handball magazine.
He next transitioned to two publications, first as executive editor of Christianity Today and then as editor of Leadership.
Since then Dr. Muck has specialized in world religions, teaching first at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and now at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is also the editor of Missiology: An International Review.
What He Said … A Real Neighbor
A man with no interest in spiritual matters related casually to the Christian who lived next door—they talked over the back fence, borrowed lawnmowers, stuff like that. Then the non-Christian’s wife was stricken with cancer, and she died three months later. Here’s part of a letter he wrote afterward:
“I was in total despair. I went through the funeral preparations and the service like I was in a trance. After the service I went to the path along the river and walked all night. But I didn’t walk alone. My neighbor—afraid for me, I guess—stayed with me all night. He didn’t speak; he didn’t even walk beside me. He just followed me. When the sun finally came up over the river, he came over and said, ‘Let’s go get some breakfast.’
“I go to church now. My neighbor’s church. A religion that can produce the kind of caring and love my neighbor showed me is something I want to find out more about. I want to love and be loved like that for the rest of my life.”
Adapted from The Jesus of Suburbia (W Publishing, 2006)