Saturday, August 30, 2014

Spiritual Speeders

Luke 10:30-35 - Jesus took up the question and said: A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. 34 He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.

When my two older children were in college, we made a road trip from Vermont to South Carolina. The weather was great and somehow we managed to avoid all the road construction and rush hour traffic. We had no delays on the trip, with one exception. As we neared Charlotte, North Carolina, we came up on a long line of traffic due to a tractor trailer that had slid off the road. A fire truck, a rescue vehicle, and a state trooper were on the scene. The line of traffic had all shifted to the far lane to give the emergency vehicles room to work. As we approached the actual scene of the incident, an SUV flew down the road, passing the line of traffic, and narrowly avoiding the emergency vehicles. Apparently the driver was unconcerned about anything other than where he was headed in such a hurry.

It occurred to me that many Christians are just like that SUV driver. People all around us have slid off the road of life. In the rush to do everything, we often pass by those who need help the most. We see people mired in difficulty and trouble. Though some Christians respond, many just keep flying by like spiritual speeders too busy to help. They narrowly miss striking concerned Christians who are responding to needs around them. Spiritual speeders cruise past other Christians who are at the very least slowing down to pray as they see needs around them.

I suspect we have all been spiritual speeders at certain points in our lives. But perhaps we need to learn to slow down and spend more time praying. Perhaps we need to pull over and spend time helping others. Perhaps we need to encourage ministers and lay leaders who are helping, instead of putting them in greater danger through our reckless attitudes. Perhaps it is time to actually live like good Samaritans instead of spiritual speeders.

Lord, help us not to become so busy in life that we miss the opportunities to help those in need who are all around us. Amen.


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