1Jn 2:27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.
1Jn 3:10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
These things John wrote about are true of every real Christian. Everyone who is born again, everyone who is in Christ, has been given a new creation nature and now loves God, loves God’s people, and loves God’s Word. No exceptions. No, we aren’t perfect and never will be in this life. But the very essence of who we now are has been radically changed. This is why Christ said that a good tree bears good fruit and a tree that bears bad fruit is a bad tree to be cut down.
As you can see from the verses above, there is one particular fruit that evidences the new birth. That fruit is love. And specifically love for Christ’s people. Love for one’s neighbor. Where this love is absent, Christ is absent. Understand? The Spirit of Jesus is in us and teaches us to love as He Himself loves us. This is why, as a reminder, it is absolutely impossible for a domestic abuser to be a Christian. The thing is unthinkable. Not even a possibility. When abuse victims come to understand this truth, they have taken a real step toward freedom.
Now, the Good Samaritain:
Luk 10:30-35 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. (31) Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. (32) So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
(33) But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. (34) He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. (35) And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
I doubt that I have to say much by way of application. It is obvious. Domestic abuse victims are just like that man who was stripped, beaten, and left half dead. Anyone who denies the seriousness of abuse is blind to these things. You know, the people who throw around the “but he never hit her” nonsense. Abuse is slow murder.
So who are the Levite and the Priest? That is obvious as well. Pastors and church members, theologians and “biblical counselors,” authors of all those nonsence books on marriage – they are the Levite and the Priest. Why? Well because, isn’t it clear – they pass by on the other side. They pass judgment, they condemn, then they wash their hands of the whole thing. You know the twisted routine.
Who is the Good Samaritan? That is obvious as well. He or she is the one who hears, validates, believes, and cares for the victim.
Now, and in some ways I say this is the main point – do not miss what else Jesus is saying about the Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan is the genuine Christian. The Priest and the Levite are not. That is to say, the pastor and church that condemn and cast out or pass by the abuse victim are not Christians at all. How can we say such a thing? Because that is the point of the whole Good Samaritan story. I can hear someone saying “Oh come on. That is going way too far.” Nope, it isn’t and I can prove it –
Luk 10:25-29 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (26) He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” (27) And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (28) And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” (29) But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
What was this lawyer asking? He was asking what is necessary to be saved. “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus’ answer is the story of the Good Samaritan. And it isn’t specifically about doing good works, but rather it is about a heart that obeys the two greatest commandments. You must love God with all your heart and soul and strength and mind and you must love your neighbor as yourself. That requires of course the new birth. A new heart with God’s Law written on it.
The story of the Good Samaritan then is an outward fruit of a heart like that. Such a heart, a true Christian, will not pass by on the other side when they come across an abuse victim.
But, but, but….hold on here just a minute. If that is true, that would mean that most people who claim to be Christians, aren’t. Correct.
Are you a victim of abuse? Specifically, are you a Christian who is being abused by a wicked spouse who claims to be a Christian and are you being further oppressed by your pastor and church? Then here is a shocking eye-opener for you that will also be a huge leap toward freedom when you get hold of it: that pastor and those church members are Levites and Priests. They do not know the Lord. For all their God-talk and Bible quotes, they flunk God’s fundamental test. They do not love the brethren. They do not care for the oppressed.