There once was a young woman who was walking home from class (working on her Christian Counseling Master’s), as she did so many nights before. This night she was attacked, leaving her half naked and physically injured and sexually violated. She was dying in a pool of her own blood on the side of the road. Many people drove past without noticing the poor woman trying to hang onto life. After a while one of the Theology professors from the university she was studying at walked by and spotted the woman. He began to walk toward her to help, but then remembered stories of professors who were band from teaching because of inappropriate sexual related crimes or relationships. This would not be his end; he loved teaching and had a family to provide for; with this in mind the respected professor hurried past the dying woman (student) without a word. Shortly after, a young African American man in a suit was leaving a business meeting that ran late. He had been working very hard trying to become the top salesman at the company where he worked. The office building he worked in was very close to where the woman was lying. As he was walking toward his car the man saw the dying woman lying in a pool of blood. The man quickly looked around and fearing there was still someone around who would attack him. He began to run to his car. Once safe in the car the man thought, “maybe I should do something…no if I do the authorities will just blame me for her injuries.” The man drove away without helping the woman. Later the woman was able to drag herself closer to the road and as she did a family in a car saw her lying there. They were on their way home from a local Mosque, for they were Muslim. They pulled over and helped the woman into the car and drove her to the nearest hospital. The woman was in and out of conciseness, thus causing the family and the nurses to have no idea who she or her family was. The Muslim man used his credit card to cover any treatment the woman would need that night or going forward. Then he left without expecting anything from the woman in repayment.
Who was a friend to the woman?
Jesus said, “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Matthew 22:37-39.
What would you do? Will you be willing to go out of your way and possibly place yourself in harms way to fulfill the great commandments?