A Good Samaritan: Allen Onyema
September 2019 will be a month Africa will never forget. It was the month that Africans were evacuated from a country where Apartheid once reigned. The whole world, at one time, fought, gave money, spoke out, marched and some even gave their lives, for the freedom of a people who were once enslaved by a brutal regime.
South Africa, and the whole world watched, as business owners and entrepreneurs had their lives cut short and their source of living destroyed by angry South African mobs who accused these business owners of stealing their jobs and opportunities. On research, much of the aggression, in reality, had nothing to do with lack of jobs. It was about greed, hatred and jealousy.
One man, on seeing human lives degraded to that of animals decided to take action. Men, women and children were living in fear of their lives. He saw human beings humiliated and stripped of their dignity and all their earthy belongings. This man made a decision to rise up to the needs of others. Allen Onyema, the CEO of Air Peace, used his own Airline, free of charge or personal gain, to help others and remove them from the burning flames of injustice.
How many people turn away their eyes, and close their mouths, when they see injustice taking place? This incidence in South Africa reminds us of the Parable of “The Good Samaritan.” It can be found in (Luke 10:25-37) in the Holy Bible. In this story of the Good Samaritan: a Priest, a Levite and a Samaritan were on a journey and passed by a man who had been stripped, beaten and almost killed by robbers on the road.
-The Priest passed by the dying man and was unwilling to help him. One would think that as a Priest he would demonstrate love, compassion and care about the soul of the dying man, teach him the Holy Scriptures and help him. A Priest is someone who leads men and women in the correct way. This Priest did no such thing, the Parable says he crossed the road and continued his journey.
-A Levite (who is a Leader) also saw the dying man and crossed the road. He did not want to be associated with the poor dying man because he was a big man in society. He thought people would think less of him if he associated with the poor. He also crossed the road, refused to help and continued on his journey.
-Then a Samaritan passed by the dying man. The Samaritans were people who were not regarded as anybody in society. People looked down on Samaritans because of their tribe. This Samaritan man felt sorry for the the dying man and helped him. The Samaritan took the dying man, wiped his wounds and poured oil on him. On top of this, the Samaritan took the dying man to where he could get treatment. In the story, the Samaritan brought out money from his pocket for the treatment of the dying man and also said any money that needed to be paid for the treatment, he would pay when he returned from his journey.
What can we learn from this story?
We must show love to others, care for others, show compassion, be kind, be a good example and help others when they are in need. This is the godly character expected of people going to Heaven, especially from our Pastors and Leaders. Let us not turn our backs and walk to the other side of the road when we see somebody needs help. Let us not ignore the cries of the poor, needy and helpless. You do not need to be rich. Ordinary people can be effective in giving love and help to their neighbours, like the Good Samaritan in the Parable. The Good Samaritan was not a Pastor or Leader. Let us help strangers and challenge injustice, remember God is watching us all and He will judge us according to our actions, whether good or bad.
Written by Ruth Dickson.
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