Sunday, July 14, 2013

Parable of the Good Samaritan: A Response to The Acquittal of George Zimmerman

The lectionary reading for today is the Good Samaritan story from Luke 10:25-37. Here is a re-telling of that story in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the man who killed Trayvon Martin:

A lawyer stood up to challenge Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" The lawyer answered, "You shall love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." Jesus said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live."

But wanting to justify himself, the lawyer asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A black teenager was walking down the street after buying some Skittles. He was stalked, beaten, and then killed. The judicial system didn't bring his killer to justice. Now by chance there was a Christian preacher watching the verdict on TV; when he heard the killer get acquitted, he shrugged his shoulders. So likewise a social worker, when she heard the verdict, she shrugged her shoulders. But a grandmother saw the news on her iPhone; and when she heard the news, she was moved with sadness and anger. She organized her local community and took immediate action to ensure this never happened again. Then she organized groups across the county, state, and nation; and they all took action to change the judicial system. The next day, she took out some money, gave it to her granddaughter, and said, 'This money is for law school. Take care of him; take care of injustice against kids like him, and you will be repaid through the fostering of a better world.' Which of these three people do you think was a neighbor to the black kid who was killed?" The lawyer said, "The one who took action." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! Not only is there the response of hatred, but apathy. I hear many making a case of "don't judge, you don't know what happened." This rendering of the Good Samaritan is helpful and brings clarity.