Key Passage(s): Luke 10:29-37
Jesus didn’t tell the Parable of the Good Samaritan so we would help people in need. He told the parable to smash our categories of who’s “in” and who’s “out”. The Samaritans were the most hated people on the planet for Jesus’s audience. And yet, to their utter shock and anger, Jesus cast the Samaritan as the hero of the story, which is like saying, “The Good Hamas Member.” The story confronted Jesus’s audience with their inability to love enemies and to imagine they could be good. If our world is going to change, it requires a radical love fueled by a more hopeful imagination.
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