Thursday, September 15, 2005

Who Is My Neighbor?

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"A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'

"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"

The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him."
Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

Luke 10: 30-37

5 comments:

Dr. Mike Kear said...

Amen.

Leslee said...

Thank you for being the Good Samaritian!

voixdange said...

I just find I'm asking myself the question more and more why we make Christianity so damn hard...
Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, visit those in prisons, take care of the widows and orphans.
This isn't rocket science people... do we deliberately try to complicate things so that we can pretend we don't really know what we are supposed to be doing?

hipchickmamma said...

but it's just oh-so-much easier to write a check than to put ourselves out there.

i thought i could just pay for grace!

LORD help us all!

keep preaching and truth-telling, it sounds like you have a wonderful church home.

"To seek justice is to seek God. To seek God is to seek justice." William Holladay

voixdange said...

but it's just oh-so-much easier to write a check than to put ourselves out there.

OH YES HCM!!!!! You don't know how many times I have said that same thing! Its as if we are trying to out source Christianity! How do you out source a hug?
And not only that, we can write our big fat check every so often around Christmas and Easter and go to bed feeling justified, rather than pay our workers a livable wage... God forbid we would allow people the dignity for providing for their own families...