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"No Good Samaritans"

January 26, 2009

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No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

Jesus once told a parable about a Good Samaritan. At the conclusion of His story, the Savior encouraged His saved people to have mercy on others.

Indeed, that is one of the things He will be looking for from His faith-filled people on Judgment Day.

Now, in a recent decision, the Supreme Court of California has decreed being a Good Samaritan can be costly. The story is a simple one: Lisa Torti came across an accident where Alexandra Van Horn had been hurt. Lisa pulled Alexandra out of the car, and Alexandra ended up being a paraplegic.

The Supreme Court, at least according to last week's story run by Time, said the Samaritan, Lisa, wasn't protected from legal action. Now, at least in California, people are wondering what is going to happen when the next earthquake hits. Will people help those who are hurt or will they think twice? Will they, like the Priest and Levite in Jesus' story, "pass by on the other side"?

Since reading that article I've tried to figure out what I would do. Would I help those who are hurting as the Savior encourages, or would I protect my family from a potential and devastating lawsuit?

Even though this decision only affects California, it's still a hard choice.

My decision -- and it is only my decision -- is based on the Savior's life. Although He knew the work of saving us was going to cost Him His life, He still set His face toward the cross. He didn't count the cost to Himself, but only saw what His work would accomplish for us.

This means if I am ever in a situation where someone is in need, I will have to try and be a modern Good Samaritan. It is, after all, what I think Jesus would want.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, even though You knew the act of saving us would cost You dearly, You still came. Now, grant me the wisdom to show Your presence in my life by allowing me to help others. In Your Name. Amen.

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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Genesis 23-24    Matthew 17

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