How Would Jesus Tell the Story of “The Good Samaritan” Today?

By Jon Kauffman

Peace Dove

Perhaps it would go something like this?

Jesus came for a visit at the campus. The expert in Biblical Theology went to the microphone to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Bible?” Jesus asked.

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus said: “A man from the suburbs lost his job. He was unable to make house payments and was thrown on the streets, and homeless, he was attacked by robbers. They took his car, clothes, cell phone, credit cards, and cash, then beat him and went away, leaving him in the gutter, half dead, unidentifiable and unconscious. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he turned his head and drove on. So too, a mega church pastor, when he came to the place and saw him, drove quickly away. But a Muslim, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He took out his first aid kit and bandaged the man’s wounds. Then he put the man in his own mini-van, brought him to emergency room and waited as the doctors took care of him. The next day he took out two thousand dollars and gave it to the hospital accountant. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who was beaten and robbed?”

The expert in the Biblical Theology replied, “The one who helped him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and follow his example.”

Steven has written a very interesting continuation of the story of the Good Samaritan. Beyond the parable: the innkeeper and the Samaritan.

Mitch Teemley wrote the story of “The Parable of the Good Morman

Author: nonviolentchristians

Jon Kauffman graduated from Goshen College, earning a BA in Religion. Jon attended a Mennonite Church while growing up and currently attends the Salvation Army Church. Jon works as a drafter at TrueNorth Steel, Fargo, ND.

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