A caring Church
Who is your neighbor?
You have no legal duty to help anyone. I know. In addition
to being a minister of the gospel, I am an attorney.
If you are driving down the street and see a child struck by
a hit-and-run driver, you have no legal duty to stop and help. If you drive on,
you will not be criminally or civilly liable.
Sounds heartless, doesn’t it? But the law imposes on you
only the duty of not doing harm. You are not compelled to render assistance to
anyone in need.
That’s not the way of Jesus.
A man asked Him on one occasion, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus
replied with the story of the Good Samaritan who helped the man lying wounded
by the side of the road.
Jesus’ story gives us three examples of attitudes toward
those less fortunate: The robbers who assaulted the man and stole his goods
felt that what’s yours is mine if I can get it. The priest and the Levite
passed on the other side of the road because they felt what’s mine is mine and
you cannot have it. But the Good Samaritan stopped to help because he lived by
the principle what’s mine is yours if you need it.
Which one of these perspectives is yours?
Assemblies of God people have a heart for those in need.
Through compassion ministries, we are reaching out with the love of Christ. We
love not only with words, but also with deeds.
How can we best do that? Certainly, we can care on a
personal level. Additionally, our churches are involved with compassion
ministries — food banks, clothing resources, adopt-a-block or
adopt-a-school programs, ministry to children of prisoners through Shapes, and
a host of other activities.
We also are partnering with Convoy of Hope, a proven
ministry that responds to disaster needs and provides multiple practical compassion
outreaches to the poor.
We consider this form of ministry so important that we are
now publishing three compassion issues every summer.
Let’s join hearts and hands together and fulfill the words
of Jesus who said He came to bring good news to the poor!
George O. Wood
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