“Just then an expert in the law stood up to test Him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the law?” 27 He answered: Love the Lord your God 28 “You’ve answered correctly,” 29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus took up the question and said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. 34 He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.’
36 “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 “The one who showed mercy to him,” he said. Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.”
Well, America, here we are again and the solution is the same, but few are willing to accept the solution. I am only speaking to the ‘Praise and Worship Team.’ (Not long ago we would write/say ‘to the choir.’) Jesus answered His question, “The one who showed mercy” is the neighbor by demonstrating God’s love to the victim of the beating.
What we hear, see and read is ‘Racism’ over and over again because this is a political solution and a profiteering scheme that keeps this fire burning. No, attempting to find a solution through politics and financial gain will only lead to more and more frustration for everyone. Blaming others for this is not an answer. The guilt will only be known to those who are profiting from racism in some way. “The white guy is the guilty party” seems to be the only solution that some are able to find, but this is not the solution. Hating another person because that person is different has been around since the story of Adam and Eve became known. Adam and Eve did not hate one another, but they blamed one another for the apple issue. Blaming the other person is not a solution at any level because the blame always reflects a heart empty of God’s presence and influence.
Jesus points us to the Good Samaritan story that lays the guilt of hate at our very doorstep. The Savior points out the fact of emptiness that is really a void that can only be accommodated by His presence. Remember that God is love, right? Wherever He goes love abounds and every person who knows Him as Savior and Lord is affected by His divine character of love that is effective in every relationship a Believer has.
The Good Samaritan not only stops to render aid, binds up some wounds, but also takes this beaten and rejected soul to a place that could continue to help this man. No doubt, there are others who would have been involved in this saga of healing of mind and body, but they are the volunteers of our day and time that often remain nameless.
However, love is the motivation behind this act of kindness. We know that the Samaritan is a person who has been rejected and most likely denied some of the better things of life because he is a Samaritan. The notable thing is that the person who has lived a life of ridicule because of no fault of his own is the person who reaches out to the traveller who was left in a heap of defeat. His love was a deposit of God’s grace that was extended to another without reservation, and this brings us to our present reality.
Thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of people are being involved in the violence and unrest across our Nation today. This is OUR STORY. Our Story is one of opportunity to reach out and touch anyone who has a need of any kind. That person in need may or may not be in poverty, but simply may need a good word spoken. That deed could be as simple as opening a door or helping another with some act of kindness accomplished in Jesus’ Name. YOU be THE Good Samaritan because of WHOSE YOU ARE.
Jesus is Lord.