“In the same way a Levite also came there, went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by on the other side.” (Luke 10:32 TEV)
Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors in the same way we love ourselves. But he says we tend to develop one of three attitudes. The first is that we keep our distance; the second is we become curious, yet remain uninvolved.
Do you know how people slow down when they pass a traffic accident? That’s what the Levite does in this story. The Bible says he “went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by ...” He sees this guy lying there, beaten half dead, naked, and bleeding. He looks at him, but then keeps on walking.
This man was curious, but he chose to stay uninvolved. He slowed down, looked, and probably asked, “What’s happening over there? Did anybody get hurt? Did anybody get killed?” But then he moved on uninvolved.
Have you noticed it’s a lot easier to gossip about people’s problems than it is to help them with it? We love to discuss other people’s problems and read about other people’s problems, but we don’t want to do anything to help people with their problems.
It is easy to become aware yet remain apathetic. Why, do you think, is it possible to be part of a church yet remain inactive and unloving?
Watch a short video sample from Pastor Rick on the importance of love -- Saddleback Resources offers 40 Days of Love, a six-week, video-based study for small groups or individuals that searches the Scripture for what love is, the characteristics of love, and how our relationships can be transformed by love.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times Best Seller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors. © Copyright 2011 Rick Warren.