Go and Do Likewise


The Good SamaritanRecently in conversation it came up how the animosity between the Jews and Samaritans in the scriptures, reminded him of the right wing Christian animosity towards Muslims. That got me thinking about the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Allow me to take some liberties with that passage of Scripture. From Luke 10:25-37 ESV:

And behold, a Reformed Seminarian stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

But the seminarian, being a first year seminarian and desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied, “A homeless man was going down from Detroit to Grand Rapids, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.

Now by chance a Southern Baptist Preacher was going down that road, to preach at the local Gun Show, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.

So likewise a group of Elders from the local Presbyterian Church were going to the local Republican Party Rally, when they came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

But a Syrian Refugee, who was a Muslim, as he journeyed in a place that was not his home, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds with his jacket. He called him an ambulance and rode with him to the hospital, staying overnight with him comforting him. And the next day he took out all the money he had, which was not much, and gave it to the hospital clerk, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more it costs, I will try to repay you when I come back.’

Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”

The Seminarian said, “The one who showed him mercy.”

And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

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