Go & Do Likewise

On one occasion, an American Evangelical Christian, well versed in the Bible, stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher”, he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

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?”

In reply Jesus said: “A Syrian refugee was heading to America, when he was attacked by evil men. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A bible-believing pastor happened to be able to help him, but he chose to keep him away, for he was scared of a 1 in 3.64 billionth of a chance of being attacked himself. So too, a man trying to become the leader of the free world, chose to keep him out as well. But a Muslim man, as he looked upon the Syrian refugee, took pity on him. He chose to bring him in, to take care of him, bandaging his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the evil men?”

“The one who had mercy on him”, replied the American Evangelical Christian.

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”


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