The last couple of days I have been thinking about the last episode of Seinfeld. To be honest, I don’t know why…I haven’t seen it in many, many months, but I just keep replaying the absurdity of the story line.
While stranded in a small town in the south, the Seinfeld crew (Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer) watch as a heavy set man gets abused, ridiculed, and robbed just a few feet away. Instead of offering to help/support/rescue, they heartlessly made fun of him and the situation.
At that point, an officer arrested them for their indifference and apathy. If I remember correctly, they were charged under the Good Samaritan Act (unfortunately not a real thing).
These last few days, I have been thinking about how many times in our culture, we are guilty of the same things.
We are surrounded by people who are hurting, hopeless, and confused. They are being abused, ridiculed, and robbed by the world…actually by Satan himself (John 10:10), yet we barely notice and we rarely care.
Instead of the compassion and concern that Jesus showed, we often drift towards indifference and apathy.
Makes me wonder if we would be found guilty under the Good Samaritan Act.
Unto the Least of these
Most Christ followers of familiar with the scripture in Matthew 25:40 that tells us what we did to the “least of these” we did to Jesus (he said it, I didn’t). And although from a physical standpoint I think many of us would be found wanting, I believe that this scripture also very much applies (and possibly more so) to spiritual poverty and pain.
When we turn the other cheek, not in meekness, but in the intentional act of ignoring someone’s spiritual need for Jesus, we are not treating them the way Jesus would want us to.
When we huddle with our “own kind” unwilling to cross the street and engage the lost, margenelized, and forgotten, we are not representing Christ well.
And, when we choose to protect our comfort, convenience, and safety rather than share the message of hope that can change someone’s life, we are choosing to ignore their pain…we are not being a good neigbor.
If Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer were found guilty (which they were) under The Good Samaritan Act, how much more will we be found guilty if we have the message of hope, and the power of the Holy Spirit, and the truth that ensures eternity in Heaven behind us and we choose to not share it with those who need it desperately?
The greatest thing we can do for someone is to give them an answer for the hope that we have and the hope that they can find in Jesus. We need to be sure to share what we know and who we know…we can’t just watch from a distance and people struggle in life and head to hell when we can come to their rescue.