no good samaritans

Did anyone else see this? In Hartford Connecticut last week, a 78 year old man was struck by a hit and run driver and left paralyzed in the street while passing cars and other pedestrians ignored him. No cars stopped. No one helped. Incredible.

The entire incident was captured on police video. Officers suggest the footage shows a city that has lost its moral compass. Police chief Daryl Roberts said, “At the end of the day we’ve got to look at ourselves and understand that our moral values have now changed. We have no regard for each other.”

The self-centeredness of human nature looks the same today as it did 2,000 years ago. This sad story reminded me of Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan.

Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of 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, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins 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.’

Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” An expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Whether in Hartford, Jerusalem or Jericho, how would you respond to an injured person left lying in the street? How would I?

FYI – the video is not for the faint of heart but if you want proof of this sad story it viewable on youtube.

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