Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
Good Samaritans (Part 2)
The Compassionate Traveler
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.
Luke 10:33-34 (NKJV)
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
Matthew 25:37-40 (NKJV)
If Christian performers shine like Jews in the Eyes of God, can non-Christians shine like diamonds in the rough? Like good Samaritans? Jesus is clear in three different stories that certain Samaritans outperformed the Jews--Jews who followed the letter of God's law but not its heart.
Consider The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. An unfortunate traveler was robbed, stripped, and beaten by thieves on the road. Left helpless and unrecognizable, Jews passing by did not stop to help him. But a Samaritan did. He went out of his way to assist the poor man.
Jesus commanded those of us who take pride in our status as rule-following Christians, 'Go and do likewise' (Luke 10:37).
Here's the thing: many of today's stars, stars who are not Christians, practice philanthropy and fair play. Like Samaritans, they may not know God's plan. They may not know Jesus. But they help people. They circle God's heart by believing these words: 'Do to others as you would have them do to you' (Luke 6:31).
Because 'This is what the Lord Almighty said: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another' ' (Zechariah 7:9).
So, could good Samaritans in Hollywood be closer to the Kingdom of God than legalistic, judgmental, stay-at-home Christians? Yes.
The point? If Christians are called to the airwaves of media to represent Jesus Christ to the prodigals, to the prisoners, to the lost, and even to good Samaritans, they must exceed them in truth and lead them in love.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Good Samaritans series.