By Gabriel Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
The coronavirus is literally causing people to steal things like toilet paper and hoard things that they do not need. Now I am not saying stocking up is wrong, that is not wrong, but stocking up on 100 things of hand sanitizer or 1,000 rolls of toilet paper is not right. Think about all of the people who now can’t have such things as toilet paper or soap. In this time of uncertainty, we can either come together and help one another, or we can separate and build up walls blocking out one another. Here is something the Bible says about helping others.
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
So, this guy fell among robbers and he was beaten and half dead. A priest passed by him and did not help him, and another man did the same. Finally, a Samaritan helped the man. In this time of greed and hate it is important we remember to not be greedy but rather act like the Samaritan and help each other when we are in need. Jesus told us to go and be like the Samaritan.
So who are you going to act like?