But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. Luke 10:33
Turn on the news and it is what you see. It’s a problem with America – with We the People. We are no longer One Nation Under God. We are a divided nation in politics, religion, morality, and race.
The racism is tearing us apart right now.
I see so much of America in ancient Israel. They, too, had a race problem. There was a hatred of the Samaritans.
The Samaritans were a mixed race of Jews from the Northern Kingdom. They believed they were the only true Judaism.
Because of their imperfect adherence to Judaism and their partly pagan ancestry, the Samaritans were despised by ordinary Jews. Rather than contaminate themselves by passing through Samaritan territory, Jews who were traveling from Judea to Galilee or vice versa would cross over the river Jordan, bypass Samaria by going through Transjordan, and cross over the river again as they neared their destination. The Samaritans also harbored hate toward the Jews.
It was quite a surprise when Jesus told a story about a Jewish man that ended up mugged and left for dead. Two more Jews passed by his wounded body and did nothing. However, a Samaritan came along and stopped. He helped this man that society called his enemy.
It’s time to stop!
It’s time to bind up the wounds!
It’s time to heal.
Someone told me years ago “without death there can be no reconciliation!” I’ve thought about that and used it many times.
The Samaritan died to his feelings of hatred and reconciled to his compassion for another human being.
This country must do the same or we will not survive.
“A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’