“Who is your neighbor?”
Jesus told the story of the good Samaritan to answer the question.
Luke chapter 10, NIV
“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.
Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper.
‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
Jesus asked them ,
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied,
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
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In a sermon about the good Samaritan, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said,
“I imagine that the first question the priest and Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’
But by the very nature of his concern, the good Samaritan reversed the question:
‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
“What will happen if we don’t stop to help?”
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