I recently had to do this assignment in a Preaching class in school. I had a lot of fun trying to be creative. I hope this story offers a modern look at a very well known story.
Just then a Methodist pastor stood up to test Jesus. “Jesus,” he said, “what exactly do I have to do to go to heaven?” He said to him, “Well, what’s written in the Bible? What did your Sunday School teachers tell you?” He answered, “Love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “that’s right. Do that and you’ll be saved.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who exactly is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was traveling from Buckhead to Downtown Atlanta, and was jumped by a bunch of gang members, who mugged him, beat him, took his wallet and car, and left him half dead. Now by chance a prominent lawyer from the city was riding by; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Then there was an influential minister of a very large church passing by. When he came by the place where he lay in pain and saw him, he also passed by as though he didn’t see him. But then a Muslim man of Arab descent, while traveling to the nearby Mosque for prayer, came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. He went to him and bandaged his wounds as best as he could to stop his bleeding. Then he put him in his own car, brought him to an emergency clinic, and sat all day with him until he was seen by a doctor. He didn’t leave his side all night. The next day he took out his credit card, gave it to the lady at the desk of the clinic, and said, ‘I’ll pay whatever his medical costs are; if he owes anything else just send me the bill.’”
Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who was mugged and left for dead?” The pastor looked at him, hung his head dumbfounded and responded, “The Muslim man who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”