A gripping quote from Tim Keller’s book, Ministries of Mercy, The Call of the Jericho Road:
“For decades evangelicals have avoided the radical nature of the teaching of the parable of the Good Samaritan. At most, we have heard it telling us to prepare a fruit basket for the needy each Christmas, or to give money to relief agencies when there is a famine or earthquake in a distant nation. But it is time to listen more closely, because the world, which never was “safe” to live in, is becoming even less so. We are finally beginning to wonder why there are suddenly hundreds of thousands “stripped and lying half dead” in the streets of our own cities.
Only a small number of people in the history of the world have lived in relatively “safe” conditions. War, injustice, oppression, famine, natural disaster, family breakdown, disease, mental illness, physical disability, racism, crime, scarcity of resources, class struggle– these “social problems” are the results of our alienation from God. They bring deep misery and violence to the lives of most humanity. The majority of people who read this book, however, probably belong to the relatively small group of folk who, through God’s kindness, lead an existence generally free from these forces.
This comparative comfort can isolate us in a fictitious world where suffering is difficult to find. But this isolation is fragile, for suffering surrounds us– even in the suburbs! We need an accurate view of the world in which we live. Perhaps we need to see that, instead of living on islands of ease, we are all living on the Jericho Road.”