Explaining the “Love your neighbor as yourself” commandment, Jesus made it clear in the parable that loving your neighbor takes more than good thoughts or even prayer; it requires action. It is giving of yourself and sacrificing time and resources.
A man lay injured on the side of the road. Two Jewish holy men saw the injured man, crossed to the other side of the road, and went on their way.
A Samaritan saw the man and stopped to help. The Samaritans’ heritage and religion was a mix of Jewish and Pagan; hence, the Jews despised them. This Samaritan was probably a busy man with places to go and business to attend to, but he went out of his way to care for the injured man. He bandaged the man’s wounds and provided for his continued care. It does not say that the Samaritan was a rich man. I’m sure he had expenses of his own, as we all do, but he gave his money. He was being a good neighbor.
James tells us that it is our duty to look after orphans and widows in their distress. (James 1:27)
In Galatians we are told that we are not to become weary of doing good and we are to do good to all people as we have the opportunity. (Galatians 6:7-10)
Hebrews tells us that we are to spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10)
God provides enough resources to feed and care for every person on this planet. The trouble is that the wealth is in the hands of the ‘few’ and they (we) are not loving our neighbor. Instead, we cross the street and walk away.
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