The charitable act by the Samaritan represents a real investment in a person from another ethnic and religious group. It was a sacrifice of time, resources, and reputation. It also involved a certain amount of risk, as all helping does. Jesus did not rebuke the Samaritan for any of the objectionable reasons my social justice friends’ protest about these days.
If the Samaritan had simply lobbied his representative for stronger laws against crime, or advocated for more just, social and economic policies, he would have been as morally bankrupt as the religious leaders who passed the victim on the road without doing anything to help. True Social Justice begins with personal charity and ends with corporate responsibility.
Take Away: True Social Justice begins with personal charity and ends with cooperative responsibility.