Is there a difference between mere meddling & having real concern for those we are supposed to love, even to the point of NOT minding our own business? Perhaps the first place we see this notion of minding our own business comes in early on in the Bible:
And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
As you recall, Cain was using the “minding my own business” line to defend himself, but was Cain supposed to “mind his own business” when it came to the well-being of his brother?
Perhaps the most well-known account of this WRONG philosophy of “minding our own business” comes in the New Testament:
Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
At the end of this passage, Jesus asks, “So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” — Worded in our present discussion, it might be phrased, “So which of these three do you think was following the philosophy of ‘minding his own business’ & which loved his neighbor by caring enough for him to NOT mind his own business?”
Some modern examples of the fallacy of the “mind our own business” philosophy are played out when people see another person being beat up or perhaps even sexually assaulted & instead of doing anything about it, they keep on walking — “minding their own business”.
If it is this important to NOT “mind our own business” when it comes to the physical welfare of not only our brothers, but strangers, then what does the Bible say about the notion of “minding our own business” when it comes to our brothers & sisters being harmed spiritually?
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
Does that sound like “minding our own business”? Christians are in a constant battle with the forces of darkness, unless perhaps you are a hyperpreterist that thinks all things are fulfilled, then you might suppose we no longer have this concern.
Another passage that comes to mind is this one:
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. 18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.
We are supposed to NOTE/MARK/NAME those who cause divisions & offenses contrary to the DOCTRINE WHICH [WE] HAVE LEARNED.
Another verse that comes to mind is this one:
1 Timothy 5:8
But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Providing for your own is not merely making sure they have food, clothing & such, but that you also that you ARE your “brother’s keeper” in looking out for his well-being. Anyone who does not do this, is to be considered WORSE THAN AN UNBELIEVER. So, we can see the biblical mandate is to NOT “mind our own business” when it comes to the well-being of others & especially of those we love.
The “mind your own business” crowd are those who are the second part of Romans 16:17-18 — they are those serving their own belly, those walking on by, those dividing the community of saints by teaching contrary doctrine, those who say, “we are not our brother’s keeper”. They are WORSE THAN AN UNBELIEVER & are trying to teach others to be as bad as them. We end with this verse:
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
Let us not buy into the evil & unbiblical philosophy that claims we should “mind our own business”. We are supposed to be the salt & light of the world. We are not to be lights under bushels, “minding our own business” while evil…even evil calling themselves “Christians” ravage the world & especially the community of saints. Get invovled.