Mind Your Own Business

Mind Your Own BusinessGod respects our free will and permits us to live our lives for better or worse, but we ought not think His forbearance  signals an opening for us to step in and interfere with our neighbors’ lives. On the contrary, many scriptural passages condemn meddling in the affairs of others. When others threaten or harm us, we have a right to protect ourselves, our property and our loved ones. It is our affair.

We may even come to the aid of a stranger who is being robbed, but with a caveat: The further we are from a problem, the more we must pause before interfering with matters that do not concern us (and which we may not understand). This is never more true than when others behave in ways we disapprove but are not harming anyone, except perhaps themselves.

People who meddle in others’ business we call busybodies, and the scripture has nothing good to say about them

The mildest biblical reproach for the busybody is when King Solomon declares him to be a fool. Prov. 20:3. Elsewhere Solomon advises that he who meddles in another man’s quarrel is only buying trouble for himself “like the man who seizes a passing dog by the ears.” Prov. 26:17.

The New Testament is harsher, describing such people as lazy idlers: “We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others.” 2 Thessalonians 3:11 They are meddlers going from house to house with gossip “talking about things that ought not to be mentioned,” rather than being productive.1 Tim. 5:13. St. Peter, calling them “intriguers” (or mischief-makers), classes them with thieves, murderers and other criminals. 1 Pet. 4:15.

There is a common thread here: MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Mind Your Own Business

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