Who is our neighbor? Jesus responded with a parable. The Samaritan’s neighbor was the stranger who was attacked and left for dead. If the Samaritan were in that stranger’s place, how would he want to be treated?
The Samaritan possessed the resources necessary to help. He could bring heaven’s healing power to the injured man by caring for him out of the resources God had given him. Or he could ignore the stranger and walk on by. Even though it was inconvenient and costly, he voluntarily chose to obey the command, to love his neighbor as himself. He made a rational decision to show mercy.
In the last 28 days over 14,000,000 people across the globe have been attacked by COVID-19, leaving over 200,000 dead. No matter where we go, we are near someone who is vulnerable for severe COVID. We stand in the Samaritan’s shoes. There are no simple solutions. It’s not about coercion. It’s about compassion. If we were in the place of the stranger at risk of dying of COVID, how would we want to be treated?
God has given us resources that can help stem the tide of severe COVID. We can seize the opportunities, use the resources God has given us, bringing heaven’s healing power to a world at risk. We can partner with God in directing the course of the world during COVID-19, laying down our life for others as Jesus laid down his life for us.
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” God commanded it. Jesus lived it. What if we lived it?
From the album “This & That – A Little Bit of Everything” this video is scrolling playback of the song.
The parable of the Good Samaritan is found in Luke 10:25-37. Click here to read it.
Click here for John Hopkins University CoronaVirus world statistics.
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