Does the Good Samaritan exist in Britain? According to the Bible Society, 2 out of 3 adults are worried that Britain is becoming a less kind society.
A recent study carried out by Rev Sam King revealed that people are far less likely to help someone based on their appearance, or if they are perceived as socially ‘unacceptable’. In this social study, Sam was dressed as a Vicar and a homeless person, who needed to use a mobile for an emergency.
"With 64% of adults and 57% of children worrying that Britain is becoming a society that lacks kindness and consideration"
When he was dressed as a Vicar and asked members of the public to use their phone, they were very warm and receptive to him. However, dressed as a homeless person, the public’s response was dismissive and cold.
How would God want us to respond to this situation? Would he want us to judge by the outward appearance or would he want us to help people regardless of how an individual looked?
With 64% of adults and 57% of children worrying that Britain is becoming a society that lacks kindness and consideration, as Christians we should remember the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37) and apply this to similar situations we may face today.
In the story of the Good Samaritan a man was beaten up by robbers and left for dead by the roadside. No help was offered to him when a priest and a Levite walked by, as he was a stranger and deemed as ‘socially unacceptable’ to them. The only person to stop and help was a Good Samaritan, who took pity on him and carried his bruised body to an nearby Inn where he instructed the owners to take care of the wounded man.
What would you do in this situation?
There are many things that can get in the way of helping a stranger in need. Here are 3 of the most common pitfalls to avoid:
1. The ‘I don’t want to get involved’ attitude
We’re more interested in protecting ourselves, over helping others, which consequently stops us from being a ‘Good Samaritan’.
2. Going by how someone looks
Society is obsessed with appearance and unfortunately, we have fallen into this too. People judge entirely by appearance now; missing the opportunity to be a blessing to others.
3. Following the crowd
If someone is seen as ‘socially unacceptable’ (i.e. unattractive, unclean, poor or different), we are immediately suspicious and would be less inclined to help them.
Are you a Good Samaritan? What could you do to contribute to a more caring society?
Click play below to listen to Reverend Sam King talk about his social study and what this says about modern Britain on Inspirational Breakfast.