An Upside-Down Teacher

— Dana

In the Scriptures, Jesus tells this wonderful story known today as “The Good Samaritan.” But really, we’ve lost the intended impact of this story, because not only were the Samaritans an “impure race” (the result of Jews marrying non-Jews) but they were also “theologically impure,” meaning they had different religious views, including where God should be worshiped.

It must have been shocking, unsettling even, to hear Jesus call a Samaritan “good,” and to speak of a Samaritan as kind and self-sacrificing and willing to stop and help when no one else would, because, well, this was just unheard of, really. And that makes me wonder, who would Jesus today tell this story about? And why would it shock us?