Go and Do the Same
“What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”
“The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.
Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”
Luke 10.36-37 | MSG
Andy Andrews in his book How Do You Kill 11 Million People tells this haunting story about a church in Nazi Germany in the midst of an unfolding holocaust:
Each Sunday morning, we would hear the train whistle blowing in the distance, then the wheels coming over the tracks. We became disturbed when we heard cries coming from the train as it passed by. We realized that it was carrying Jews like cattle in the cars!
Week after week the whistle would blow. We dreaded to hear the sounds of those wheels because we knew that we would hear the cries of the Jews en route to a death camp. Their screams tormented us.
We knew the time the train was coming and when we heard the whistle blow we began singing hymns. By the time the train came past our church, we were singing at the top of our voices. If we heard the screams, we sang more loudly and soon we heard them no more.
Years have passed and no one talks about it now, but I still hear that train whistle in my sleep.
Could it be that our societal inclination towards earphones, ear-buds, and noise cancelling headphones and our frequently loud worship performances is our own equivalent of singing more loudly so we don’t hear the whistles of our own unfolding holocausts? The Samaritan’s senses were fully engaged. If the victim on the road was half-dead, the Samaritan was clearly a man fully alive.
The question is, are we?
For us to “go and do the same” requires nothing less.
How do you hear God challenging you personally to “go and do likewise”? What is your first step?
Lord, let me be fully alive with my senses fully engaged. Give me the grace to risk the potential pain and sacrifice, the courage to act, the wisdom to know how and when and where, and the faith to trust that you will use even my stumblings and fumblings as I move towards the mess. Through Christ.