Imagine going out of your way, to do the right thing by helping your fellow human and finding out that someone doesn't like it and does everything in their power to make it stop.
That's what happened recently to a church right here in America.
The Reverend Katie Grover of Patapsco United Methodist Church in Maryland says a few homeless people have been using the church property as a safe haven.
Reverend Grover said that the business they conduct is caring for the least, the last, and the lost, and the best they can do right now is let them take refuge.
A neighbor complained that the homeless people killed one of his trees.
I'm not saying that his complaint was invalid, but it resulted in the church receiving a citation from the city for operating a "non-permitted rooming and boarding house." The fine totaled $12,000.
What happened to caring for the "least of these?" What happened to compromise? People are so quick to use a sledgehammer to kill a fly these days.
The church has until December 18 to clear the property or pay the $12,000 fine. The homeless people will likely be out in the cold.
This all might have been avoided if there was more communication, more give and take and, most of all, more empathy.
As we check off the days to the holiday season, let's make sure we are patient with each other. Take the time to hear both sides of any situation and maybe, just maybe, instead of a situation where everyone loses, we can help our neighbors and make this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager
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