The politics of religion

luk.10.36-37.CEVUK00 Then Jesus asked, “Which one of these three people was a real neighbor to the man who was beaten up by robbers?” The teacher answered, “The one who showed pity.” Jesus said, “Go and do the same!”

I was listening to one of Dr. Tony Evans radio shows. The topic was the good Samaritan. He was speaking on what does it take to be a good neighbor. While he was speaking on this story, he brought up one of the possible reasons on why the priest and the temple helper passed by the man on the side of the road. In the bible at that time people were not to touch a dead body. If you so happen to touch one, you would have to have a seven day cleanse. You can read Numbers 19 10–22. So the priest and the temple helper come across a severely beaten man thinking he was dead. They didn’t know who could possibly be watching or see them, so they avoided every problem that could come up by avoiding the problem. Then comes a man who according to his description, should’ve been the one to just keep walking by, picks up the man, and goes all out for him.

After the program was over I started to think. How would you feel if Jesus was telling a story to some people and the one he tells people not to act like, was you? Then it got me thinking deeper. How does the story of the good Samaritan reflect to us today? I know I have done it a couple of times, when Jesus uses a parable, I put myself in the story as the victim. Sort of like when the crowd was going to stone the woman for sleeping around. How many times have you visioned yourself as the woman but in actuality you were part of the crowd?

Well, the good Samaritan should speak volumes to us today. There are so many times in the present day we cross the street because we don’t want to get dirty. We cross the street because of what people might say about us. We cross the street because we want to avoid doing anything because somethings are beneath us. We cross the street because of what our peers would say. We cross the street because of what other people might think of us.

When I say we, I am meaning the Christians. The disciples of Christ. We have THEE greatest leader to follow and we get caught up with politics of religion to do great things. So instead people who do not believe in Christ are stepping in and mocking us. They are just doing the moral thing and clowning Christians on purpose. They are stepping in and providing the help and resources that are needed for the almost dead lying on the side of the road. And Christians are just crossing the street.

For example, a few months ago, most of the media plastered a man who wanted to be a woman all over the news. Everyone was in a hoopla over it. Going back and forth about how messed up this was, to he needs to be accepted. While this was going on, I posted on Facebook that the same mercy and grace that I need is the same as he needs. One of the responses I got was, well I don’t like the lifestyle they live.

Now think about it, did the Samaritan ask the man why was he on this road? No, he didn’t. He didn’t say, see how going down this road caused you to almost die! No he didn’t. He seen he was hurt and took him somewhere to heal. The mercy and grace is what helps heals us. If I remember correctly, we are suppose to come to Christ as we are and then He will take care of us. Some of us forget we were on the side of the road.

Then we get caught up with groups that stick to one side that claim to have a christian backing. While sticking to these beliefs, they lose touch with compassion that we are to have as a Christian. On one side there is the right side. People on the right side have christian values. They put these values on the forefront. One issue with the right side that is pushed is the right to bear arms. Don’t get me wrong, I am for guns. But there is something wrong in the process when our right to have something is too heavy of a burden for someone else. We are leaving people dead in the streets. Literally men, women, and children are dead in the streets. And we are walking past them because of the politics caught up in religion. There are many hot topic issues that can be used in place of this subject but at the bottom line, are we being compassionate about the ones being hurt?

Lastly, if you can imagine the scene after he put the man on his donkey. I can see him walking down a dirt road and him looking at himself, and realizing how bloody he looked. Not only from cleaning the man up but also from picking him up. He didn’t walk past and comment. He didn’t walk past and say someone should do something about that. He got blood on his hands. But remember who he was, he was the one he that shouldn’t have shown no regard in peoples eyes.

So as we have these social ills all around us, are we just walking past? Thinking there’s no hope. Possibly thinking I don’t want to be seen doing something that’s not acceptable according to our peers. Or are we willing to get our hands bloody?