How do I handle the neighbors?

Somebody once said, “Good fences make good neighbors.” You can probably see the wisdom in that. A simple fence, however, will not eliminate the concerns that you have. Furthermore, the impact of their behavior goes far beyond your two homes. This problem affects not only your children, but extends to their children, the other neighbors, and your church.

With regards to your children, hopefully you don’t allow them to watch TV with sexually explicit themes; neither should you allow them in a home where they may be confronted with adultery and the suspicious activities that you mention (Romans 13:14). Conversely, you should not build walls and a moat around your home. Your home should be a beacon of Christ’s (Romans 13:12). Make it a safe haven for your neighbor’s children. You may be the one who keeps them from following the path of their parents (Mark 9:37).

God’s Word is also clear regarding confronting other church members. You are obligated to approach them prayerfully and gently, imploring them to turn around for the sake of both themselves and their church (Matthew 18:15-17). Finally, if you have a valid suspicion of illegal activity, you are obligated to inform the police.

You may be in an uncomfortable situation, but shine the light of Jesus Christ. He will guide your way, but sting the eyes of those walking in darkness.

Taken from Adrian Rogers' weekly newspaper column. Used by permission. 2001, The Commercial Appeal.