Being a good Samaritan

First appeared as a Web Original on July 2, 2020

I was on a subway when a man started verbally abusing a fellow passenger with racist slurs and aggressive threats. No one nearby made any effort to help. Suddenly I found myself moving to stand between the beleaguered teenager and the ranting man. This was incredible to me, because in the past I had determinedly avoided confrontations with a single-minded focus! And yet, here I was, feeling impelled to place myself right in a situation that seemed increasingly violent and dangerous. What was happening?

At that point I couldn’t know how this would play out, but I realized why I was doing what I was doing. I was literally being moved by compassion to express the selfless, Christly love identified in Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan, a love that protects and comforts those in need, even those we don’t know. 

God’s generous hand is always open
August 24, 2020

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