2018-03-08 / Opinions

Lawyer seeks to help injured donkey but wasn’t really a Good Samaritan

By ROGER ALFORD
columnist

A lawyer in a small farming town saw a crowd gathered on the side of a road, and, assuming an auto accident and potential legal case, he rushed to the scene.

Encountering the wall of people, the lawyer started yelling, “let me through, I’m the son of the victim.” The crowd parted for him, and, lying there in the front of the car was a donkey.

Lawyers are the butts of many jokes these days, but at least the lawyer in that old joke was trying to get to the scene of the accident. Jesus once told the story about religious leaders who were unwilling to do even that much.

“A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves who robbed him and left him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he walked right past him on the other side. And, likewise, a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and walked past on the other side without stopping” (Luke 10:30- 33).

Neither of those religious leaders was willing to help the injured man. Then a Samaritan came along, and his response was entirely different.

“When he saw the injured man, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, and set him on his donkey, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him (Luke 10:34-35).

Jesus then asked, which of those men was a good neighbor to the injured fellow. The answer, of course, was the Samaritan, who helped him.

“Then said Jesus, Go, and do likewise” (Luke 10:37).

That directive still holds for all of us. When we see a fellow man in need, we are to meet that need. To refuse displeases God.

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with word or speech, but with actions and in truth” (I John 3:18- 18).

I’m glad to live in a part of the world where people know what it means to be good neighbors, where even lawyers are willing to go out of their way to help when someone has fallen into hard times.

(Roger Alford offers words of encouragement to residents of America’s heartland. Reach him at rogeralford1@gmail.com.)

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