Sunday, June 23, 2013
We are all familiar with this story ------ sometimes too familiar. The Bible never calls him good—but we have labeled the story the good Samaritan. I would make the case that there really was nothing that good about him. All he really did was meet the minimum requirements for obtaining eternal life—and that is loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. The reason we like to call him “good” is because of what he does. It seems as if he does something that is beyond the call of duty—and we think that we could never do the same. This Samaritan essentially helps someone that hates him. And maybe hate is too strong of a word. Here are some less strong synonyms: despise, look down upon, abhor, have contempt toward, curse, scorn, loathe—however you cut the mustard—it's bad. And this Samaritan helps the beat up person—regardless. This Samaritan embodied hope for the one who had been beat up and left for dead.
Jesus tells the lawyer ------ and us ------ in Luke 10.37: “Go and do likewise.” Go love our neighbors. Go and embody the hope that is found in Jesus Christ. Go and be the hands and feet of Jesus to a lost and dying world.
What are ways that God is calling you to embody hope to the community?