Which One Are You?

Our country is turned upside down. Violence, hatred, and division seems to be the norm. However, even in all of this you will still find the chosen few spreading love and encouraging unity.

Let’s take a moment to think about the parable of the good Samaritan. A traveler fell among thieves and was left for dead, but there were three who passed by him who could have intervened.

First, the priest who saw the afflicted man’s circumstance, yet chose to ignore him and carry on with his life as if nothing never happened.  In fact, in reality choosing to leave the poor man to die alone and without help.  He made a conscious decision to move to the other side, so that he could attempt to separate himself from what was going on right before his eyes.  He chose to turn a blind eye to the man’s situation.

Next, came the Levite who decided to get close enough to look at his situation, scrutinize it, analyze it, and yet still moved away untouched, unmoved, and unwilling to do the hard work of getting involved.  He may have been a little concerned or just downright nosey, but still he would not do his part to do what was right in the time of need.  He chose to remain an onlooker, a silent observer to injustice without the willingness to stand up and lend a helping hand.

Finally, came the good Samaritan who had compassion for the one he saw afflicted and treated unfairly. He helped bind up his wounds, and did what was necessary to find him safe haven and the necessary care that he was unable to request or fight for himself.  He took on the responsibility of bearing the afflicted traveler’s burden as his own. He had compassion (sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others).  He felt empathy (the ability to understand what another person is experiencing or feeling by placing oneself in their position). He stepped up and helped out while others refused, although the traveler’s situation and problem did not affect him personally.  He chose to get involved.  He chose to set aside his own interest and pursuits for that of another.  He chose to give of his time and resources for the good of another. He chose to take a stand for good in the face of evil.

In light of all the turmoil that is going on round about us on today, which of the three are you?  Be honest.  Now go do what is good, acceptable, and perfect in the sight of God.




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