In Scripture we hear of a time when Jesus was asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” The response was, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.”
And who is my neighbor?
Christians of all generations have been left with this very same question. Is it the literal neighbor who resides in the home next to mine? Is it the neighbor who sits next to me in the pew at church? Is it the refugee, the homeless, the destitute or the stranger?
The answer, of course, is yes to all those listed and more. As Christians we are called to care for all of our neighbors, no matter the form they take or the function they fulfill in our lives. Yet on rare occasions, the response to the question of, “Who is my neighbor?” is given a very clear and concise definition. Such is the case with the recent Allen County Regional Transit Authority’s (ACRTA) request for financial support from all of its neighbors.
In 2018 there were 1,303 trips made to Bluffton for elderly members of our community and persons with disabilities in order to transport our neighbors to their appointments, treatments, and to provide a quality of life which all members of Allen County may enjoy. This service, which relies on recently reduced state and federal funding in order to function, is seeking a small sales tax increase on the May 7 ballot in order to continue serving our neighbors with the critical and essential service of transportation.
Let us love and support our neighbors and support the ACRTA on May 7.
Rev. Jeremy Mann, Bluffton Area Ministerial Association