By: Pastor José Humphreys
We're doing a series on the parables at our church. Three things came out for me in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus didn't want to get caught up in people's selectivity about neighbor but attached a movement-oriented qualifier to the concept of neighbor.
If the gospels were a silent film how would the gospel speak in a world that places such a premium on words? Jesus placed a primacy on action when it comes to how we see and become a neighbor.
Neighbor=Noun...People next door? People in our people group
Neighboring=Adjective; the neighboring building; speaks to proximity but doesn't necessarily mean engagement. The teacher of the law and the Pharisees were in proximity to a body and walked by.
Neighboring=Verb. Are we neighboring? Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon use this word as a verb in their book "The Art of Neighboring." How are we neighboring beyond the labels and the preexisting conditions we can place on our compassion for those who are beaten down?