“If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love?” 1 John 3:17
In the finale episodes of the TV sitcom, Seinfeld, Jerry and his partners in crime, George, Elaine, and Kramer, walked away from an opportunity help an overweight man being carjacked at gunpoint. In sitcom-style, Kramer filmed the incident, and they made jokes about the scene as they walked away. The victim saw their behavior and turned them in.
The Seinfeld writers played up the reverse side of the Good Samaritan story in Luke, Chapter 10. After several people walked on by a man seriously injured by robbers, a good man overlooked the religious and ethnic hang ups of the day and stopped to help the bleeding guy on the side of the road.
Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer, had their day in court, were found to be guilty of not responding to “duty to rescue,” and paid for their lack of compassion in a jail cell. End of story.
During our lifetime, we may never need to step up to our duty and enact the Good Samaritan Law (which allows bystanders to assist without the fear of being prosecuted). However, rarely does a day go by that God couldn’t put us on trial–and find us guilt–for failure to assist someone in their time of need.
Lord, help us remove blinders of fear and prejudice to show God’s love. Amen