The Quixotic Pastor

Friday, July 13, 2007

Good Samaritan Fill In The Blank

OK, so if, desiring fun and light-heartedness, you're looking for my F5 play, scroll down to the next posting ...

If you are thinking about the lectionary texts and contemporary issues, read this post.

So ... what is the best contemporary group for your faith community to identify with the despised Samaritan of Jesus' day and age? Because what is despicable, like what is beautiful, is in the eye of the beholder. Some RGBPs on the Tuesday Lectionary leanings raised the question, who would you willingly accept help from? How would you respond to a person you despise who offers you help? What person from what demographic would most surprise you as a minister of God's help and grace? How would you fill in this blank for yourself? For your faith community? For your denomination?

Luke 10:33 -"But a __________ while traveling came near him [the victim of the robbers]; and when _______ saw him, ________ was moved with pity. "

"But a homosexual person ..." How would that play in your church? How does that play with you?
"But a drag queen ..." How would that play in your church? With you?
"But a young single mother, on welfare, pregnant with her 4th child ..."
"But a drug addict, slightly DUI ..."
"But an HIV positive person ..."

In my churches, we might fill in the blanks this way:

"But a staffer from Focus on the Family ..."
"But a biblical-inerrantist fundamentalist ..."
"But a member of the Eagle Forum ..."

God, of course, desires that all of these folk --all we folk-- treat each other in a love-your-neighbor-as-you-love-yourselves fashion ... especially when we'd prefer to just walk on by, or heaven forbid, do the "see? you got exactly what you deserved" or "hey, what have you done for me lately" sort of thing. Especially when we have our own agendas to which to attend.


  • At 7:17 PM , Blogger Iris said...

    Ooooh, good stuff here! I'm preaching Goood Sam tomorrow as well and have been struggling with who would be a contemporary example of the Samaritans for our community. James Dobson came to mind! But that would really only work if the beaten traveler is someone like a lesbian who works for Planned Parenthood who doesn't spank her children.

  • At 6:03 AM , Blogger Ruby said...

    Fill in the blank. That's a great way to preach this sermon. Works for the identities of the passersby, too. Thanks for something to ponder today.

  • At 4:01 AM , Blogger Rainbow Pastor said...

    RDQ check out my blog. I wrote a story that I used as my sermon that did exactly this!


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