Aren’t we such good guys when we tell the story of the Good Samaritan? We love to point out the hypocrisy of the clergy in this parable and reflect on how we show compassion for people.
Yet, this past Saturday, here was a man around 40 years old. He was ‘passed out’ and bleeding profusely from his nose and head and lying in the street. Who knows if he was severely injured, drunk or on drugs or a combination of all?
The point is this: no one wants to stop and help these bums, drunks or and druggies.
We look down on this ‘trash’ as the bad guys, while we strut around as the good guys. After all, we aren’t down in the street like some stray dog as a mark of road kill.
It ends up that I knew this man. He is a neighbor of mine who suffers from many addictions. Addictions that are harmful to him and have brought him tons of downfalls.
Yet, do you have an addiction to something? Perhaps it is food, or a smart phone or autos or fishing or football or bowling or some hobby or any other item that consumes your greatest time and energy to excess.
Perhaps the Clergy in the Good Samaritan didn’t want to ENABLE him. This is the catch phrase of the day—the hash tag.
Summing this up. Enabling people really has nothing to do with it. That’s no why we don’t help in these critical and pathetic situations. We fail to act because we don’t want to. We don’t want to be involved. We are afraid and we don’t want to be go out of our busy schedules, much less to invite them in our homes.
Yet, I say that man lying out in the street was JESUS. And at that point in time, indeed, he is the least of them. And there are millions of others out there and as Christians, the body is to pick up that man named Jesus who lies in the streets.
How can the rest of the body function if the head (Jesus) is lying in the road half-dead and we refuse to help or assist?
Again, it comes down to the good guys and the bad guys and for most of the time, we are in fact—THE BAD GUYS