“UNTOUCHABLE”

What would the story of the compassionate Samaritan in Luke 10:29-37 be without the compassionate Samaritan? It would be a story with a pitiful ending!

In the lesson that Jesus taught, the traveling Samaritan went beyond the borders of race, beyond the borders of wealth and beyond the borders of public opinion to help someone who, in all honesty, might have walked right by him if he had been lying there in the ditch beaten, bloodied and robbed. Because of a lack of love, humanity can sink to its lowest when we can turn a conscience-free eye away from a soul possessing human-being that is in true agony.

Jesus told that story for a reason. There is no telling how many times He literally watched it play-out while looking at the Earth from Heaven. It is unfortunately still something He sees all over the world. Not too long ago there was a story that I read which left me asking, “Where was the Samaritan?” In the story, officials at the Indian hospital “Kanpur Medical College” in northern Uttar Pradesh state acknowledged that a woman who had given birth to a baby boy died a day later because she was not given treatment from the doctors. Even the hospital’s chief medical superintendent refused to use the life saving knowledge he had. Unfortunately, her son died the same day he was born. There were people who eventually tried to help her, but it was too late; she had been in her condition for too long.

You might be wondering why this mother and child were refused treatment at MEDICAL COLLEGE by doctors who have been trained to heal. So what was the reason? It was because she was an “untouchable.” The doctors were “too good” to touch her. Maya Devi belonged to the “Dalit” or an “untouchable” class of people at the bottom of India’s social caste system and sadly it was ultimately a classification that took her life.

It is amazing how the human heart can build up so many walls that end up preventing it from doing what God intended it to do – LOVE.

Jesus was a man who shocked His culture with His willingness to talk to, touch and love the “untouchables” of His time (Matthew 8:2,3; 9:10,11; Luke 7:38,39; John 4:7-9,27). We must continue to guard our hearts and remember that the Christ taught that the gospel is for all of God’s creation (Mark 16:15,16). It is a gospel that, when practiced truthfully, takes away the divisions of classes and prejudices that men and women create in our heart (Galatians 3:26-28).

Despite what some attempt to teach theologically with their “five points caste system”, all thanks belongs unto the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that He did not consider Himself or us as untouchable (John 1:1-4,14; 4:42; 1 John 4:14; 1 Timothy 4:10). I’m glad that Jesus had the heart of a Samritan…so, what about us? Think about it. EA  

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12 comments

  1. Wow, such a relevant message from scripture that impacts the reality of life today. Such a sad story but as Bro. Randal said above, there are most likely so many such stories that could be told. Thanks for reminding us about the “Good Samaritan” narrative. We need more of their kind in the world, and especially in the Lord’s church. Great article Bro.!! “PREACH THE WORD THIS LORD’S DAY”

  2. One of the things I love about the parable of the Good Samaritan is how it completely shifts the idea of loving your neighbor to one involving personal responsibility. The parable was given to answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus never answered that question. His response instead? BE the neighbor. That’s a challenge we all need to take to heart.

  3. Read in today’s paper of a 79 year old man whom was carjacked at the gas station. Fellow takes the old mans keys, knocks him to the ground breaking his leg, and takes off with his car. The old man crawls to the gas station to get help as people walked and/or drove by him. In the newspaper article the old man hardly said anything about the incident of being carjacked, his main concern was how all the folks ignored him when he obviously needed help.

    Lot of folks missed out on being able to add some good works into their record of life.

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