On one occasion Jesus was talking and said” Love your neighbor as you would love yourself”.
An expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “And what would that look like, pastor?”
Jesus looked at him and smiled. “Why don’t you tell me?”
“OK, a trucker was going up to Troy from Nashville, when he fell into the hands of hijackers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and left him beside his rig, half dead.
“A preacher happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a county councilman, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Tennessee State Trooper, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
He called in the man’s license plate number and found that he had not paid his Emergency Service Fee. So he turned his Crown Vic around and drove away.”
“Hm. Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” asked Jesus
The expert in the law replied, “Well, they all were. But he’d made his choice, now he just has to deal with it himself”.
“So, that’s what is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “That’s how you read it? Nothing else?”
The man answered:” Of course. ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”
“Oh, and make sure that you take care of yourself, that you are responsible for your own actions and hold others accountable for theirs. So no one gets anything they don’t pay for.”
“You just don’t get it,” Jesus replied.