The Day After

Posted by Rev. Kim Wells

As I woke up this morning, I asked myself, “How does our faith speak to us in the aftermath of the election?”

The story that immediately came to mind was the story of the Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan? Yes.

In the story of the Good Samaritan, it is the most unlikely person who does what is compassionate. For anyone originally hearing the story, the Samaritan was the absolute last person who would be expected to help the victim beaten and lying by the side of the road. For us, it might be like someone from ISIS stopping to help. Yet in the story, something good comes from an extremely unlikely source. But, the Bible is like that.

Also in the story of the Good Samaritan, the responsible people of status and authority do not stop to help the person suffering in the ditch. And that person who was beaten had to accept help from one who was abhorrent. Evidently, today, too, there are many people who feel they are being passed by.

This day after the election many feel ignored, devalued, and alienated. As citizens of one country, sharing this our common home, may we be open to reaching out to one another with compassion and understanding.

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