2011-12-12 - What Would a Samaritan Say?
But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. (Luke 10:33)
I was minding my own business, on my way to Jericho, when I saw the injured traveler. He must have been attacked and robbed. They took his clothes and left the man for dead. People walked by and did not try to help. They are no better than the robbers. It was not my responsibility to help. Besides, our different cultures don't exactly make us bosom buddies. For this fact alone, I would have been justified; I could have left the man for someone else to deal with, but it was a risk I wasn't going to take.
I would want someone to care of me if I had been beaten and left for dead, regardless of what the helper looked like. Someone has to tear down the stereotypical barriers, and while I am not into much fanfare, I could not be responsible for a human being's death.
I bandaged the man's wounds, lifted him up onto my donkey, and took him to an inn for some rest and attention. I left money with the innkeeper for the man's care and treatment and would settle up if needed upon my return.
I didn't owe the hurt man anything. Something inside felt I had to come to his aid. I did not want to be like the other two men walking in front of me. When they saw the beaten man, they avoided him, walking on the opposite side, afraid to get involved. I didn't have time to stop, but wouldn't be able to live with myself if I did not stop. I would have always wondered what happened to the man. I didn't want to live my life in regret or shame. Now I could live with dignity.
Lord, For too long indecision has gotten in the way of my relationship with You. So Father, l put You as my number one priority today. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
How easy is it to be a Samaritan to those who oppose you?