“AND JESUS ANSWERING SAID,”A CERTAIN MAN WENT DOWN FROM JERUSALEM TO JERICHO AND FELL AMONG THIEVES:…
It is becoming increasingly clear, that, “neighbourhood” is gradually disappearing from our social set up. Nobody knows the intentions, profession, carrier, and actual work of the “man” next to your house. Armed robbery, kidnappings,and abductions have made even the most generous person to hesitate to offer assistance.
England’s former Prime minister, Margaret Thatcher once observed, “No one would remember the GOOD SAMARITAN if he had only good intentions; of course he had money too”. Jesus told a fictional story to a religious legalist who was trying to justify his “unwillingness to walk the walk”. Believers have become so paranoid that, it is now practically impossible to offer a helping hand to the poor and needy in society.
One great lesson from the parable of the Good Samaritan is “His willingness to get involved in saving the life of the man from bandits, though he never knew him.
Dear reader, we may quote scripture and recite platitudes on love and God, but unless we are willing to get involved in the lives of others, we are only blowing smoke. People have wounds, hurts and fractures that need to be treated and bandaged. The good Samaritan carried the wounded man on his donkey (Landcruiser) and took him to the inn (hospital). Today, people are ready to film a dying man by the road side and put it out on social media, instead of carrying him to the hospital. Believers must act with compassion. His actions (The Good Samaritan) defied racism, tribalism, political affiliation or social status.
Our political leaders are willing and ready to help, on condition that you all belong to the same political party or come from the same tribe. I was stopped at a check point one time on my way from Kumasi by the highway police patrols. They asked for my driver’s license which I gladly provided. He asked if I was a Ghanaian? I said yes, I am a Sissala by tribe. He said he doesn’t believe me. Why? Because the name “Luki Luke Barson” doesn’t sound Ghanaian. I asked him, ” Is it the Luki, the Luke, or the Barson, that is not Ghanaian? It is sad how tribal profiling is gradually eating into the culture of our society.
There are bad people in our society. That simply means, Christians have more work to do in proclaiming the Good News ( Gospel). We can not, on the basis of crime refuse to offer help to those who genuinely need it.
To be cont..
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.