Not In My Back Yard
Definition from Wikipedia: NIMBY (an acronym for the phrase “Not In My Back Yard“), is a pejorative characterization of opposition by residents to a proposal for a new development because it is close to them, often with the connotation that such residents believe that the developments are needed in society but should be further away.
The NIMBY concept originated in the 1980s, and popularized by comedian George Carlin. (language warning!)
It seems NIMBY is gaining popularity again around the crisis of Central American children trying to gain access to American soil.
And what are we, as Christians, going to do about it?
I think the picture below, seen on my Twitter wall this morning, illustrates the dichotomy perfectly and succinctly.
Are we truly followers of Jesus who will refuse to turn away children, sent by their parents in time of dire need?
will we turn our backs on them because of political expediency or fear?
Will we create excuses to send them back into extreme poverty, famine or death because we refuse to be the hands and feet of Jesus?
Will we refuse to feed the least of these, living in denial and walk out our lives as goats in sheep’s clothing?
How many more opportunities will we have to open a hand of God’s grace that He has freely given to us time after time?
What will you say when He asks you if you fed him, gave him drink, clothed him?
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in. Matthew 25:35