Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Oink if you Love Jesus?
An Ontario woman, Anita Krajnc, has been charged with mischief and is awaiting a hearing after being a Good Samaritan, at least in her eyes. You know Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10-- religious types pass by an injured man in the ditch because they're in a hurry. A supposedly suspect Samaritan is the one who assists the poor schmo. Jesus tells this story in response to the question "who is my neighbour?" He offers the parable and then asks who has been neighbourly.
On a hot day in June the woman gave water to some pigs in a transport vehicle. She ended up in a confrontation with the truck driver who threatened to call police. Apparently she told him to call Jesus, which in my view is an excellent retort. How do you respond to that one? Well, the driver did call the police and she was charged. Go figure. Couldn't she simply have been cautioned? Is this worthy of tying up time in our overburdened courts?
I'm cautious about sticking my snout in this without more information but I often look at those trucks on the highway and cringe, although I try not to think of them when I'm swooning over my occasional breakfast of bacon and eggs. When Jesus told his parable he didn't specify who might be the recipients of our neighbourliness. Jesus had an unfortunate encounter with swine which resulted in a porcine avalanche, but he also said "and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward." Could a pig qualify as a "little one?"
What do you think about Anita's actions? And how about invoking Jesus?