One day, a Christian of America made up in his mind to test Jesus, saying, "Teacher, remind me on how I am to inherit eternal life." Jesus said to him, "What is written in the New Testament? How do you read it?" And he answered, "I must have faith in him whom God has risen from the dead. It is a living faith which leads me to love God and my neighbor." And Jesus said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live."
But the Christian of America, didn't fully
appreciate the answer. He straightened his back. Cast a smirk of a smile
and said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied, "A
man was going was Washington D.C. to Philadelphia, and he was car-jacked
by several persons, who stole his clothes, seized his smartphone, broke
his ribs, cracked his skull, leaving him unconscious on the side of the
road. Now it happened to be the time of a great conference and a
pro-life group was passing by, and when they saw the man, they passed on
by. Likewise a missionary group who just returned from India, when they
came to the exact same location, they too passed on to the other side.
a Muslim, as he traveled to work, saw the man on the side of the road,
and when he saw him, he entered into his suffering. He pulled out his
first aid kit, tended to the man's injuries and then called 911 for
emergency assistance. He followed the ambulance to the hospital and sat
over night with the man in ICU. Next morning he told the hospital
billing office, "Here is my credit card. Take care of him and whatever
Jesus looked at the Christian of America and with
strong eyes asked, "Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a
neighbor to the man carjacked?"
The Christian of America clenched
his fist. He looked around fumbling with the keys in his pocket. He
finally looked up to Jesus and said, "The one who showed him mercy."
And Jesus says to the Christian of America,
"You go, and do the same."
retelling of the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) was
inspired by my friend Jared Wilson who tweeted on Monday December 7,
"If Jesus were telling the parable we call The Good Samaritan to many evangelicals today, it might be known as The Good Muslim."
year has proven we need to revisit this parable and others like it to
recover how we are to live as Christians in this current climate. We are
seeking to justify ourselves and how we treat others on the basis of
our citizenship, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or political
affiliation. Such justifications lead us only to love those who are like
us. This parable demonstrates the power of transformative love when
those who are in conflict share in each other's suffering. This parable
is spoken to those who ask the question, "What must I do to inherit
Jesus is speaking to us today.
Jesus is telling us a old story in a new way.
Jesus who has showed us mercy now says,
go, and do the same. It will cost you time. It will cost you resources.
It will cost your life. But because I have give you the power of an
indestructible life. You go, and do the same. Show mercy as an act of
gratitude for the mercy you have received."
Seeking to make some sense of the Lord's Ascension - *Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3.6-9; Eph 1:17-23; Matt 28:16-20* I have to admit that it bothers me a little that in the part of the United States in whi...
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