I will demand from every human being, an accounting for the life of their fellow human beings…- YHVH (Genesis 9:5)
There are messages in the Bible that need no explanation. This is one of them. You see…
YHVH will demand an accounting for the homeless we ignore, because we don’t feel like being bothered.
YHVH will demand an accounting for those who turn a blind eye to ongoing oppression and injustice in the streets.
YHVH will demand an accounting for those who were, and are, trafficked as slaves, sexual and otherwise.
YHVH will demand an accounting for all those suffering throughout the world; and for every person we encounter.
Are you ready for this? Can you honestly say your actions show love to EVERY person you meet? Yes, even those you don’t agree with! Yes, even those you don’t like!
We love the parable of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), we smile and nod when it’s taught in church, but rarely does the lesson fall on “good soil” (Luke 8:1-15). We hear, but we don’t listen (Matthew 13:13). We admire the Samaritan, but we don’t follow his ways.
We (self included) love to think we are like the Samaritan and would have reacted as he did. Meanwhile, we walk by broken, bruised, battered people every day and refuse to love them. We see wounds and refuse to give compassion.
In the parable of The Good Samaritan, the Samaritan never stopped to ask if this person believed as he did. He didn’t wait to confirm if the wounded practiced the same values or lived by the same moral code. The Samaritan saw his fellow man in need and he helped him – period.
He went out of his way to LOVE his fellow man! Despite the inconvenience of it all, he chose to LOVE through his actions. He came alongside a total stranger and carried the man’s burden because that’s what LOVE does! When’s the last time you did this?
No, honestly – when’s the last time you inconvenienced yourself to love? When’s the last time you went out of your way to help someone – and not just those you love and/or like? I don’t know about you, but I know I can do a lot better.
Too often, we walk by the broken, battered, and bloodied with no regard for their plight. Imagine what this world could be – would be – if every person who claimed to love others put action behind their words!
Unfortunately, we’ve missed the mark. The greater question is, how do we fix this?