We would all like to believe that if we saw someone in need on the street we would be quick to help them, right? After all, aren’t we supposed to love our neighbour? But watch what really happens in this candid video:
As a Christ-follower, it’s hard not to watch this and think of the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), where Jesus describes our neighbour as someone in need – naked, beaten and bleeding on the side of the road.
Pretty much like one of the people in this video – except in a far worse off condition and obviously not an actor!
When we read this parable most of us wouldn’t put ourselves in the shoes of the priest who walks by the beaten man. Just like we wouldn’t put ourselves in the shoes of the people who didn’t help in the video. Nope, that’s not us! We’re the Good Samaritan – the one who stops, bandages up the man’s wounds and takes him to a place of safety. Yup, that’s us. Or is it?
How willing are we really to love our neighbours – regardless of their race, class or religion? If we were one of those passers-by, what would the camera have captured? Would we have stopped, even if it cost us our time and our resources?
Watching this video suddenly makes it clear why Jesus went out of his way to tell the parable of the Good Samaritan. Clearly, us human beings need to be reminded of who our neighbours are and how to love them!
Our sinful nature means that without the love of God transforming our hearts, we’re all to quick to pass by on the other side of the road. To glance the crowd for that someone else who can help.
So – who is your neighbour? Who are the people without provision, power or protection in your neighbourhood, your workplace, your church congregation, or on your daily commute? Have you made an effort to get to know them? If not, why not start a conversation the next time you see them? Why not ask God to help guide you in how you can respond?
And the next time you see someone in need, ask yourself who do you want to be – the priest who walked past or the Good Samaritan who stopped?
(And, you never know, there might just be a camera somewhere nearby filming your decision 😉 )