Don’t Walk On By
In 1963 Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On By” charted number one on the R & B chart and Rolling Stone lists it #70 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” It’s one thing to walk on by so you won’t offend the pride of a jilted lover. It’s another thing to pass by when someone is bleeding beside the road.
A lawyer wanted to debate Jesus over the meaning of the Hebrew term “neighbor” in the command “Love your neighbor as you love yourself. “
Instead Jesus told him a story where the bad guys were a priest and a levite and the hero of the story was a hated Samaritan. What does Jesus want me to learn about having compassion and action when I’m face to face with a real life mugging?
“And desiring to justify himself, the lawyer said to Jesus, ‘Who is my neighbor?’
In response Jesus said, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and then left him for dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that same way. And when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side of the road. Like the priest, a levite came to the place, saw the man, and he too passed on by.
Now a Samaritan who was traveling came to the place where the man was half dead. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, approached, bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine into them. He then put him up on his donkey, led him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him, and whatever you need in addition I will make it up to you when I return.’ Then Jesus asked, ‘Which of these three do you think acted as a neighbor to the one who fell victim to the highway robbers?’ The lawyer responded, ‘The one who acted in mercy with him.‘ Jesus said, ‘Go and do the same.’” - Luke 10:29-37
My friend, Randy, often serves me coffee at 8:00 as I’m rushing up to Southern Bible to teach. He’s the manager at Starbucks. But last year, on a Monday, a little after 4:00 AM, he arrived for his first exercise class at the Church of Christ here in Midlothian. He thought Missy, his instructor, would be setting things up, but when he tried the front door, it was locked. It was raining hard so he waited underneath the awning. When the rest of the class arrived, someone had the right combination to get in. Randy and one of the ladies in the class entered first. He went to check down one of the halls while she went to see if Missy was in the lady’s restroom. That’s when Randy heard the screaming down one of the other hallways. He rushed and found Missy, collapsed on the floor. He checked her pulse and immediately called 911. Another trainer rushed in and started CPR. In this case the help was too late.
You’ve heard about this murder on the National News, but I wanted you to also hear about Randy and the others with him who immediately did what they could. They stooped down, tried to deal with the wounds, and called for help. I’m proud to live in a town where they didn’t just walk on by.
LORD, I pray for the Midlothian Police as they work with the FBI and other law enforcement. Lead them to the murderer who took Missy’s life. I pray for Randy today and the others who found Missy. Not only comfort Missy’s family but also all the families who have to face violence first hand. Bring comfort and mercy into their lives.
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