Peter Lewis (@thispeterlewis )

Peter Lewis

Bio Aspiring neighbor, multidisciplinary product designer (currently in fintech). medium.com/@thispeterlewis & vimeo.com/peterlewis
Location Metro DC area
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Twitter Web App : Your inner circle should be your place of greatest sharpening, not complacency.

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Twitter Web App : His point isn’t who’s right; he’s shifting our frame of reference from our tribalism (me and my people getting what we need at your expense) to the *embodiment of neighborly love*.

Twitter Web App : One more thought: Jesus selecting a Samaritan as the good neighbor is like choosing a die-hard MAGA person if you’re left-leaning, or maybe an antifa radical if you’re right-leaning.

Twitter Web App : JJ M Totally, me too! And in particular I think Jesus is focusing our attention on “those in need in our sphere of influence”—so recognizing our limitations but doing what we can where we are.

Twitter Web App : Our current reckoning with racial injustice challenges me to push myself: have I conveniently ignored the suffering of my neighbors and walked by on the opposite side of the road? Who around me is vulnerable? And what does love in action look like instead?

Twitter Web App : I’ve been trying to question my prejudices and self-righteousness that may keep me comfortable and hold me back from neighborly love, whether my disagreements are justified or not. I think this is what Jesus is challenging all of us to do.

Twitter Web App : This is very challenging! We all have people in need around us, and we are all challenged to offer what we have, where we are, to help. I’ve been trying to evaluate what this means for me—where I have influence and resources, and what action I can take.

Twitter Web App : He seems to be saying, essentially: your neighbor is anyone you encounter in need, and being a neighbor means using the resources you have, even at personal risk, to help and protect them.

Twitter Web App : Jesus has completely flipped the question, from “who do I have to care about?” to “how can you be a neighbor to those in need?”, revealing his questioners’ (and our!) tendency to selfishly look for the easy way out when we see people in trouble.

Twitter Web App : Then Jesus asks, “Which one proved to *be* a neighbor to the man in trouble?” The questioner correctly answers the Samaritan, and Jesus says “then go and do the same”.

Twitter Web App : The Samaritan stops at significant personal risk, treats his wounds, books him into a hotel, and promises to pay for any care he may need.

Twitter Web App : He’s intentionally challenging our prejudice (toward left/right/black/white/etc), and focusing us on what the neighborly love we claim to believe looks like in *action*. And in particular, when we encounter *vulnerable people in trouble*.

Twitter Web App : After a significant cultural and religious split, there were hundreds of years of animosity and prejudice between Jews and Samaritans. They were the bad guys, and Jesus is being extremely provocative by choosing one as his protagonist.

Twitter Web App : Then, along comes a Samaritan. You may have heard this story, but you might not know the historical context: Samaritans were *hated*.

Twitter Web App : Eventually other travelers pass by—the same “good people”. They see him lying there bleeding, but they look the other way and steer clear. It’s out in the middle of nowhere, and they won’t be cancelled for hurrying along. Besides, if they stop they could be robbed too.

Twitter Web App : In his story, a man is traveling a common but dangerous route between two cities, and on the way he’s brutally attacked, taking his belongings and leaving him for dead on the side of the road.

Twitter Web App : As he often does, Jesus sidesteps the question and tells a story—not to dodge, but because he wants to reveal the underlying assumptions behind their question and highlight the real issue.