“Good Samaritan” is a common term used to describe volunteers who go above and beyond to help after a disaster. There’s even a Good Samaritan law in every state to help protect uncompensated volunteers spontaneously providing aid in emergency situations.
The parable of the Good Samaritan, from which this term gets its name, is one of the most told and taught parables in the Bible. Found in the Gospel of Luke (10:25-37), it offers an example of how to love God, embrace strangers as neighbors, and help others in need.
The past few weeks have brought disaster preparedness and care back into particular focus for churches in Florida and Texas, and it’s been brought onto the radar for churches everywhere. Whether their church is within the zone of impact or outside of it, leaders are wondering how to respond. A closer look at the Good Samaritan parable can provide inspiration and guidance for Christians seeking to help in the wake of hurricanes.