The Young Man
"Love your neighbour as yourself." A commandment of Scripture, but sometimes difficult to interpret. How far does our obligation go? After all, who is our neighbour? Most of us in the cities don't even know our neighbours! How can we love them? What do these words really mean, to love our neighbour? Listen to this tale, and decipher for yourself!
Early one evening, a successful young man took his new Nissan Maxima to the mall to buy his girlfriend a Christmas present. He had heard on the radio that his usual route was closed off, so he decided to chance it, and go through the crazy-dangerous area of Samaria, to get there. He figured it was a better choice than having to go all the way around the city, thus adding two hours to his journey.
Well, the area he had to cut through was in the North End of the city, known for its gang warfare and biker bars, and he had chosen the completely wrong time to go through, too, as young punks started to gather for their nightly escapades, and certain young ladies went outside to claim their piece of the sidewalk for their nightly business of selling themselves.
At a red light, the young man stopped, and found himself in the middle of a gang war. The gang member from one group took a shot at his enemy, across the street, and the young man in the Maxima was the unfortunate barrier between them. The bullet barely grazed his shoulder, and he cried out in sharp pain, managing to pull over and stop the car.
He got out of the car, intending to go get help, but in his weakened state attracted the wrong kind of attention. A couple of kids looking for some quick drug money noticed his stupor, and decided it would be easier to give him a couple of punches, than try to break into a store. They also noticed his car keys and the car running close by, and put the two and two together. Soon, he was out of a car, a cell phone and a wallet.
By the time they were gone, he was in rough shape and lay smashed and dirty on the sidewalk. He lay there for what seemed like hours, but was only a few minutes. He was thrilled when he looked up and saw a pastor from his local church walk by. "Help, John!" he cried out feebly, but the leader crossed over the other side of the sidewalk and did not even look his way.
The minster did not usually walk this way, but he was on his way to a board meeting for all the churches in his district. Unfortunately, it was in one of the rougher areas of town, and John really wasn't used to this environment. He wished he had been able to find parking closer, but he had been forced to walk several blocks to his destination.
He saw the man lying down from a few feet away, and felt nervous. Who knows what that man had been imbibing in order to be that intoxicated. Often these people were dangerous, and unpredictable. Just for security's sake, he crossed over to the other side of the street. He was already late for the meeting, and he didn't want any complications. "I'm sure the police will deal with him," he thought. "I need to get going."
A faint wave of guilt washed over him, hoping this man would be okay, but he quickly told himself that he wasn't responsible for saving the world. "They have people for that," he thought. "It's not my calling."
The Church Lady
About a half hour later, a very frequent church-going lady walked by in a rush. She was carrying a Bible, and the injured young man thought for sure she would help him. He tried to call out to her, but she did not help. Instead, she put her nose in the air and quickly walked away in horror and disgust.
The woman had lived on that street for years, and had seen everything decline in the last decade. What had once been a hard-working population had been overrun by hookers, pimps and drug addicts. Every day, she heard of more horrors on the nightly news, and it made her sick. She had once been proud to live her, but now she lived in fear. When she heard the young man call out to her, she was sure he would be begging for money to buy some more booze. She was tired of being lambasted by these welfare-dependent bums. She looked at him in disgust, anger at the way the country was going, and hurried home to her little apartment, safe with bars on the windows and a good security system. She knew she shouldn't have gone out so late in the afternoon.
Just he was almost passing into unconsciousness, the young man caught a glimpse of a man in a jean vest covered with decals, and tight pants. He would have been afraid of this biker-looking man under different circumstance but he had no fear left, only vacuous curiosity. "I wonder what kind of bike he drives," he pondered.
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The man, who was dressed like a biker, parked his Harley-Davidson, and decided to hoof it to the bar where he was going to relax for a few hours. He had had a hard week at the mill and was looking forward to forgetting his troubles with some good friends. Later, he would grab a cab and pick up his bike in the morning. No one on the street would dare to touch it.
Just as he neared his destination, he noticed a young man who looked like he'd been beat up pretty badly. Feeling sorry for him, he went over and gently felt his wrist. Yes, he was still breathing. "Are you okay?" he whispered, not wanting to startle him. "Not really," the young man replied. Let me call you an ambulance .... you look like you're in pretty bad shape. He used his cell phone to call 911, waited with the young man until they arrived, and paid the ambulance driver the $500 fee. "Take my cell," he told the young man, "and use it to call your Mom and Dad and girlfriend about where you are. And here's a couple hundred to tide you over until you get all your I.D. straightened out. Sorry for what happened to you, man. Those guys were jerks."
The young man left in the ambulance and went to the hospital, used the cell phone to call his family and friends, and afterwards called the biker to give him back his cell phone. "How can I repay you," he asked. "Don't worry about it," the biker told him. "There are still a few good guys left in this world."
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Who is Your Neighbour?
Three people passed by our young man, and saw three different things. One saw a dangerous drunk, another saw a lazy bum, and one saw a person that needed help. Who was the one that helped his neighbour?
It is said, love your neighbour as yourself. Who is your neighbour? Think about this tale, and discover for yourself.
This an adaptation of a parable told by Jesus, as recounted in Luke: 10:25-37. Here is the story. as told by Jesus in the Scriptures.:
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Questions & Answers
Question: Are you a man or a woman? Are you a priest or nun?
Answer: I am a woman, but I'm not a priest or a nun. I was a Christian school teacher, and I originally wrote this for my high school drama class to act out.
gv on May 19, 2020:
Riley on September 02, 2019:
Nice story. Very heart-warming. You are truely a good samaratin!
Cristina on June 26, 2019:
I love your story. It is very illustrative of the modern day Good Samaritan. I live in the faith that there are still good people in this world.
Arditi on November 21, 2018:
This was so helpfull for my religiouse studies, grazie.
hello on December 07, 2017:
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negrom on December 07, 2017:
robert elliot on December 07, 2017:
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James Nicholl on December 07, 2017:
Is This A True Story?
Greg on September 19, 2017:
Thank you I used this for my project lol.
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 18, 2017:
M8, thanks so much for the comment.
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 05, 2017:
@m8, thanks so much for the comment. Have wonderful evening.
m8 on March 28, 2017:
it was preety good
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 14, 2013:
@Michele, thank you so much for your kind words and vote. Blessings to you!
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 14, 2013:
@The Stages, it is true that we are often blind to the best people who walk among us. We can never judge on appearance, because it is very deceptive. Thanks so much for the comment.
Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on July 14, 2013:
Thank you so much for writing this. It was wonderful.
Kathy Henderson from Pa on July 12, 2013:
Oh yes how we tend to walk blinded and it is the least likely that often has the most amazing relationship and walk with Christ. Wonderful Hub thank you for sharing.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 30, 2012:
Goodness abounds through our connection here on Hubpages,
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 30, 2012:
Eric, thanks for sharing the true meaning of "neighbour." I like it. And so true, how can we not love others? What gives us the right to be better? Nothing.
And thanks for the compliment on the parable. I wrote it, in a shorter version, for a skit for Drama class. The kids did a great job. Take care and nice to meet you.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 28, 2012:
I gave a sermon a bit back that looked into neighbor. Best I could come up with is "someone near to you". The beauty of that thought lies in the double meaning. Truly it can be a physical connection of closeness, but probably better thought of as a love connection. Who are we possibly, not to love.
And ok, I got a little teary on your parable, beautiful.
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on October 20, 2011:
PracticalMommy, I think it's part of culture, because of safety concerns, to not reach out. Those who do, actually stick out and seem odd in comparison. Thank you so much for your comment and the insight that you offer. Take care!
Marissa from United States on October 19, 2011:
What a beautiful modern day interpretation! I've had "Love your neighbors as yourself" stuck in my head for the past few days, so I am so happy to have come across this. It really shows how uncaring and cold our world has become yet how there are hidden angels everywhere, ready to step up and do what the rest of us are too afraid to do.
Voted up and beautiful. :)
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on October 18, 2011:
HB Nurse, thank you so much for your great comment and encouragement! I think in our world, it's so easy to walk away out of fear: fear for own safety. And you are so right: even a call from a safe place would have helped tremendously. Take care.
Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on October 18, 2011:
I enjoyed this modern day parable of the Good Samaritan biblical story. You really brought it to life and made it relevent in today's terms. The most shocking thing of all is that no one else even called an ambulance which they could so easily have done from their own cell phones or after they felt they were safely at their own destination.
Thanks so much for sharing this story. Voted up across the board except for funny.
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 25, 2011:
HVwriter, thank you so much for the comment and God bless you, too!
William Benner from Savannah GA. on August 18, 2011:
Great job relaying this important story...God Bless!
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 16, 2011:
Moira, thank you so much for the comment. You are right -- the lesson is timeless, and we all need to learn to apply it better to our lives. Take care!
Moira Garcia Gallaga from Lisbon, Portugal on July 16, 2011:
Wonderful hub prairieprincess. Nice touch to the good samaritan story, you have made a very good contemporary interpretation of this timeless story with an enduring relevance for all of us. Thanks.
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 10, 2011:
Lambservant, amen to that! We are called to be the Good Samaritans of this world, but oftimes we are shown up ones the ones we would call sinners. The economy of Jesus is so different than our own! Thanks for the great comment, and take care. Happy "Samaritaning!"
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 10, 2011:
Knightheart, thanks for stopping by this "old-ish" hub! Yes, it is so sad that those of us in the church are often the last to reach out. I think the church is so safe that we often forget our primary purpose: to reach out. I'm guilty, too, so I am definitely not pointing fingers! But the message of Jesus is actually quite radical!
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! And yes, bless all who reach out and become good Samaritans, and truly live out the gospel! Take care!
Lori Colbo from United States on May 08, 2011:
Thank you for this beautiful, modern, Good Samaritan story. Isn't sad that this story could actually be true in that those in the church were more calloused than a seasoned, sinful, biker. But, thanks be to God that we do have people like the biker in our story. Would that all we Christians were good samaritans. Blessings.
Knightheart from MIssouri, USA on May 07, 2011:
Absolutely beautiful! A wonderful modern day version of Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan. We all could hear that lesson again. How many of us would stop and help someone in a bad location in our cities? Most wouldn't for fear of their own safety or wondering if the person needing help was a trap to lure them in! God Bless that biker and shame on those others who proclaim to be followers or Christ and did nothing. Being 'hearers of the word is not good enough...we have to 'doers' of the word most of all!!!
As Jesus himself said, helping the least of these is the same as helping me!
God Bless all the good Samaritans that God, in His wisdom has on this earth!!!
Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on January 11, 2011:
That's the perfect lesson to be taught from your story. Thank you.
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 26, 2010:
Flobe, thank you so much for reading, and understanding. What you are saying kind of reminds me of that song about having the eyes of Jesus ... how challenging to do ...
Kashmir and Mrs. Diva, thank you so much for reading. Reading the New Testament, we can see how wise Jesus really was!
Mrs. D*I*V*A on November 25, 2010:
I liked this hub, true words spoken....
Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on November 25, 2010:
A very beautiful hub and well written of a modern day Good Samaritan story. Enjoyed reading it,thanks!
This is a thumbs up hub!!!
Flo Belanger from British Columbia, Canada on November 24, 2010:
You have been able to rewrite the "Good Samaritan" story in a very relevant way for us all to understand. It is so true that we make assumptions and pass by because we think the person must be deserving of their fate somehow. Those who we think are the hardest sometimes have the most caring heart and act on their kindness. Thank you for reminding us to always be kind to those who need it, no matter where we are.