The Good “__________”

I think we lose a lot of the weight of Jesus’ teachings by being so far removed from the social and political climate he was speaking into. In that spirit, I offer this take on a familiar story.

Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”

He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”

He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence — and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”

“Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”

Looking for a loophole, he asked, “And just how would you define ‘neighbor’?”

Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a pastor was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a man who worked for a Christian ministry showed up; he also avoided the injured man.

“A Muslim traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey; led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, “Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill — I’ll pay you on my way back.”

“What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”

“The one who treated him kindly; “the religion scholar responded.

Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”

Just a thought. Seemed appropriate.


3 responses to “The Good “__________”

  • Dan Allen

    What if it were one of them homos that came along and helped the dude out? That would be really scary!

    • Jonathan

      Worse, one of those homos that actually claimed to be Christian! Why, that would be almost a as bad as suggesting that a Samaritan would help a Jew!

      • Dan Allen

        A gay Christian? My brain cannot compute something like that! Seriously though, it’s a lot easier when we’re talking about Samaritans and Jews and stuff. Your modernization hits a little too close to home.

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