In 2010, I moved to a new country, one with the highest murder rate per capita in the world. Not exactly my vision of where I would raise a family one day.
Years later, I began teaching at a local high school. Impacted by the increasing violence, I wanted to challenge my students to be part of the solution. So I polled my twelfth graders, “How many of you would help a victim on the street?” Less than 4 students out of 100 said they might help. If the victim was a family member, the poll results flip-flopped.
It was much easier for me to pose the question than to answer it. I didn’t want to admit that it’s more comfortable to be a hermit than a hero. And now, as a parent, I must face my lack of courage more honestly. I can no longer do one thing and say another. I have a real and daily audience now. And I want to teach him to be courageous.
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus asks, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:36-37)