2017-06-04 - The Good Samaritan
Luke 10:33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
We have heard the story of the Good Samaritan many times. The man travelling along the road from Jerusalem to Jericho is robbed, beaten, and left for dead. A priest comes along and sees the injured man, but crosses the road to avoid him. The same thing happens when a travelling Levite sees the victim. Finally, the Good Samaritan comes along and takes care of the injured traveller. I have heard sermons that say that the reason the priest and Levite didn't stop was to avoid ceremonial uncleanliness. They didn't want to make themselves unable to serve in the temple. The Samaritan didn't have to worry about this problem, since he wasn't able to perform duties in the temple.
Maybe we could look at this story differently. What if the priest and Levite were just too busy to stop and help the injured traveller? Were they afraid that they would be late for their next appointments? Would they miss out on something important? Would it take too much time to get help for this injured man? Is it the same for us today? Do we slow down to help others, or are we too busy to take time to do the really important things? Or do we engage in judgmental and unkind victim blaming instead of victim helping? "She asked for it." "He shouldn't have been out alone in that neighborhood."
This coming week may we ask God to show us the needs of people who need for us to be their Good Samaritans, and may we respond in love and as Jesus Himself would.
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted