The Neighbour Principle

Regular readers of my irregularly updated blog will know that I am not a religious man. I don’t care if you are. I don’t care what you are. Believe that you were created from dust or a rib. Believe that you were moulded from clay and given life from a magic spark. Hey, believe that we are all evolved from extra terrestrials that crash landed here millions of years ago. Believe what you like. I care not one jot.

But if you claim to be religious. If, for example, you place your left hand on the Bible and say … oh, I don’t know … something like:

“I, Donald John Trump, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God.”

You should, perhaps, follow the teachings of God. You should, as you’ve just sworn, let him ‘help’ you.

So, if you’re reading Donald, which you surely are, as it’s a Sunday and we all know that Presidency trading hours on a Sunday are greatly reduced, I thought I would draw your attention to this little nugget from Luke 10: 30-37.

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

You see, Donald, it doesn’t matter who the vulnerable are. It doesn’t matter if they’re a Muslim. It doesn’t matter if they’re from a predominantly Muslim country. If they need our help we should help them. Not ban them.

Donald, you’re passing by on the other side. And you should be ashamed. But I doubt you care.

We need to keep fighting this kind of ignorance. In whatever small way we can.