Who is My Neighbour

Yesterday at church, I heard sermon on the Good Samaritan.

For those who don’t know, the Good Samaritan is a proverb told by Jesus Christ to a know- it-all teacher of the law who asks Jesus a couple of questions, the latter being, “who is my neighbour?” To which Jesus replied:

 “There was once a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, and beat him up, leaving him half dead. It so happened that a priest was going down that road; but when he saw the man, he walked on by on the other side.  In the same way a Levite also came there, went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by on the other side. But a Samaritan who was travelling that way came upon the man, and when he saw him, his heart was filled with pity. He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them; then he put the man on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Take care of him,’ he told the innkeeper, ‘and when I come back this way, I will pay you whatever else you spend on him.’”

And Jesus concluded, “In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbour toward the man attacked by the robbers?” The teacher of the Law answered, “The one who was kind to him.”  Jesus replied, “You go, then, and do the same.”

We are living in extremely troubling times in which leadership and humanity is failing us in a dire way.  I don’t know about you but I’m confused, angry, bewildered but most of all at a loss. At a loss for what the practical solution is to the mess the world is in. I’ve been grappling with this feeling for a while but most especially this weekend after the spate of killings in America.

With a thought ladened mind, I heard the preacher say, “there is no point to religious practices if it supersedes mercy or kindness”.

There are many of us who profess to be people of faith. This passage was written for the benefit of followers of Christ but I believe that there is a lesson for us all to learn. Now is the time, more than ever for us to rise up and show kindness to the suffering people of this world. We can’t sit by idly watching so much pain take place in the world. Sadly the one thing we do not have is a lack of issues to solve. Hunger, homelessness, racism, inequality, discrimination of all sorts, poverty, cancer, alzheimers, child brides, war crimes, rape, domestic violence, sexism, education, water sanitation, malaria, misogyny – where do I stop? There isn’t a shortage of problems. What we have is a shortage of people doing the right thing.

So here are 10 practical things we can all do.

  1. Be kind to others.
  2. Listen to one another, even when your view points are different.
  3. Write to your MP about it.
  4. Stand up for those who don’t have a voice.
  5. Give financially to a cause that helps to alleviate pain in this world.
  6. Volunteer your time to one of these causes. You can’t do it all, but you can do something.
  7. Educate yourself on the ills going on in this world.
  8. Explore if you have a direct solution to a problem.
  9. Sign up to https://www.change.org  and be a part change taking place around the world.
  10. Be present in this generation. Don’t sit down and do nothing.