Throughout this series called “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” we have reflected on a number of important reminders about neighborliness via some of Mr. Rogers’ most famous poems. We’ve talked about the intentionality being a good neighbor requires. We’ve talked about the way God’s love for us inspires us to love others. And, last week, we got really practical by discussing the importance of seeing and hearing our neighbors.
Today’s discussion might be among the most difficult aspects of neighborliness. It’s easy to “go along to get along.” However, if we don’t say or do something we know there’s an issue or a need, we run the risk of allowing someone’s pain or suffering to go on unabated. That’s why we absolutely must discuss the importance of speaking truth with grace when truth needs spoken.