The Good Muslim:
A current cultural analogue of Jesus' story of the Good Samaritan
I had a fairly clear agenda in mind when writing this. You see I was lying in bed one night and couldn’t get The Good Samaritan story out of my head. I was trying my best to find the current cultural analogues of the story. Samaritans were a competing religion with the Second Temple Judaism that the contemporary Jewish culture saw as an enemy. About the closest thing we have in the US today is Islam, though Islam might even be a little weak to how Jesus’ audience may have felt about Samaritans. The Theologian, Pastor, and Bible scholar are direct enough that I don’t think they need defending. The Trans girl, however might. The man attacked by robbers and left by the road I feel has three major aspects that Jesus was drawing on: first, someone who was helpless and vulnerable, secondly, they were made so by systemic failures of society (unsafe travel conditions, and a land that produces banditry), and finally someone who was inconvenient, and unclean to aid. There are more than one way this could have been taken, it could have been a prostitute, or an addict, or several others. However the trans kid stood out to me because trans homelessness is an ignored epidemic in the US today, and to mainstream evangelical sensibilities in the US they hold an air of uncleanness. My agenda was to reflect the feel and impact the original parable would have had on the original audience.
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