Sermon idea!

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall 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 your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was travelling, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a Republican was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by, reasoning that helping him would fail to teach him self-reliance. So likewise a Democrat, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side, plotting in his mind the tax credits he could propose to give private-sector companies the incentive to help people in similar situations.

“But an illegal immigrant while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having put Neosporin on them. Then he put him in his own vehicle, brought him to the emergency room, and waited with him. While the man was being seen by a doctor, a police officer happened by and accused the illegal immigrant of loitering, which he used as a pretext to ask him his immigration status. Unable to prove he had a right to be in this country, he was detained and is currently awaiting a deportation hearing.

“Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

8 thoughts on “Sermon idea!

  1. Modern Parables (a DVD series) did something similar to this about the parable. They used an Arab cab driver as the Samaritan.

    Good stuff all around.

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