We are probably all fairly familiar with the parable of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) where a Samaritan (despised by the “proper Jews” of the time) and not the priest or Levite is the one who renders aid to a man who has been robbed, beaten and left for dead on the road.
Today the question of the Samaritan was posed to me in a somewhat different way. If the Samaritan had happened along when his fellow traveler was being attacked, what should he have done?
By intervening, he could prevent the man from being injured which is a good thing. However, the Samaritan would also assume the risk of being injured himself. He also would also assume the responsibility for potential injuries he may inflict on the robbers. He may even kill one of them.
As a concealed carrier I have spent a lot of time considering the question of who I would be willing to defend and under what circumstances. There were tough questions that I had to ask myself such as:
– Who are the people I am willing to put my life at risk?
– Who are the people am I willing to risk the legal costs of using deadly force?
– Under what circumstances will I take those risks?
I made these decisions and accepted responsibility for myself, my family and a few close friends…
But the question about the Good Samaritan has me rethinking this. As a Christian, I should love my neighbor as myself. So, how can I in good conscience say that I will defend myself and my family but not defend others, even random strangers? I will have to spend some time in prayer on this. I am curious on your thoughts, please feel free to post them in the comments section.