Society has it backward: On the playground, on the worksite, and sadly even in the church, we tend to play by the opposite:
- I found it, so I get to keep it!
- Hey, I’m not my brother’s keeper!
Look at what God says:
If you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep or goat wandering away, don’t ignore your responsibility. Take it back to its owner. If its owner does not live nearby or you don’t know who the owner is, take it to your place and keep it until the owner comes looking for it. Then you must return it.
My brother’s property is my responsibility. Notice that even if I don’t know who the owner is, I’m still supposed to safeguard his property until I can return it to him.
Finding something that isn’t mine makes me responsible to care for it. I am my brother’s keeper; it’s not simply finder’s keeper.
What if my mindset changed to, This is yours, but I’m going to take care of it like it’s mine until I can return it to you?
What if my values became focused on…
- Mutual accountability?
- Shared responsibility?
- Genuine community?
I must be the change I wish for our society. I need to care for anothers’ property as much as I care for my own.
Would you join me in changing your community away from Finder’s Keeper and toward Brother’s Keeper?