Go and Do Likewise

He asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:29-37

Regardless of which side you are on with immigration and the policies that have been enforced, the Bible is very clear what the Christian perspective is. As it was the Jewish responsibility to care for the poor, the fatherless, the widowed, the foreigner, it is our responsibility to care for each other as a neighbor. Anyone who calls themselves a Christian or wants to be Christ-like should go and do likewise, to show mercy to those around us, no matter who they are.

Leviticus 19:9-10, 25:35, 33-34 / Deuteronomy 10:18-19 / Ezekiel 16:49 / Exodus 22:21, 23:9 / Malachi 3:5 / I Kings 8:41-44 / Job 31:32 / Matthew 25:25-36 / I Corinthians 12:12-14 / Galatians 3:28, 5:14 /  Jeremiah 7:5-7 / Hebrews 13:2 / Philippians 3:20 / Acts 5:29 / Numbers 9:14 / Zechariah 7:10 / Romans 12:13 / Luke 13:29-30

‘Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

Deuteronomy 27:19

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