Our passage this morning is perhaps among the most infamous scriptures of all-time, for Christians and non-Christians alike know it. There are churches, schools, social organizations, charities, and hospitals named after The Good Samaritan.
And yet, this teaching of Jesus did not begin with him.
It is echoed throughout the Torah (teaching or law), the prophets of old, Jesus’ life and ministry, and within the letters of the Apostle Paul.
And yet, after all these centuries, we continue to talk the talk but we do not often walk the walk.
Within these past weeks, I have encountered numerous quotes on Facebook, in text messages, and otherwise that communicate this teaching well. But day by day, it seems that our world is becoming more and more divided. We live within a charged environment, where everything is used as a means to divide ourselves.
For example, a friend posted a song with one of its lines on Facebook, neither the line nor the song had political undertones. And yet, Read the rest of this entry »