March 13, 2019
Last Sabbath a little child had an allergic reaction by eating something that was served in church. At the staff meeting, I suggested that we buy Epipens and keep it in our emergency kit bag to be used for such incidences. I was told that we cannot administer 

Epipen in such cases. A doctor must prescribe and parents should carry it all the time with them and administer when needed.  It reminded me of an incident of a fifteen-year old boy, an innocent bystander, who was hit by a stray bullet when two gangs were shooting at each other. Some of his friends managed to carry him to a Chicago hospital and leave him outside the emergency room entrance door because they did not want to get involved with the details of the case. The doctors and nurses could not go outside to treat the boy because it was hospital policy that they could only treat patients inside the hospital and not outside the hospital. He was left there unattended for 25 minutes till an ambulance could come, pick him up, and drop him inside the hospital emergency room. Unfortunately, he died just 35 feet from the emergency room door. We are certainly challenged to live the good Samaritan life in today’s culture. I remember stopping by around mid-night to help jump start a car that was stalled on the road. The man was totally surprised that I would stop to help and remarked, “You are certainly not from this country.” Honestly, I would never want my children or anyone to stop to help a stranger because being a good Samaritan could become disastrous, sadly enough. But today is National Good Samaritan Day. How do we reconcile doing good and not getting killed? It scares me to death to hear of my daughter going into such dangerous places to rescue abused women and children.  However, being a tennis player, I can say this, to be a Christian without compassion is like me trying to play at Wimbledon without a tennis racquet. Someone help me reconcile how I can be a good Samaritan and care with compassion, without being cruelly crucified in today’s culture?

Shalom, Shalom!
Franklin David
“See the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable.”