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Where Are The Good Samaritans? 06/06/2008

No Good Samaritans

Angel Torres, 78, lays in the street after being struck by two cars.

Shocking and disgusting. I was stunned to watch the minute-and-a-half surveillance video of a 78-year-old Connecticut man who was struck by two cars driving down the wrong side of the road in Hartford. Both cars quickly sped away, swerving around a corner and out of sight.

Then, it appears, nobody does a thing. Well, several people gawk from the sidewalk, nine cars veer around his prostrate body, one driver stops briefly but then pulls back into traffic, and a man on a scooter slowly circles the victim before zipping away. Several people called 911, but nobody stopped traffic and nobody rendered aid. Luckily, a police car happened to drive by and the officer helped the injured man.

"Like a dog they left him there," said one resident, who was nearby, but did not see the incident. Angel Torres, a retired forklift operator, is in critical condition in the hospital. Police are looking for the drivers of the Honda and Toyota. But the rest of the country is looking for someone else: a "good Samaritan."

We wonder how this can happen in the great United States of America. Rational answers are hard to find. I find myself wanting to stop to assist any crippled person, elderly person, or anyone needing roadside assistance. Wisdom, however, has taught me that I must be very careful when stopping, especially on the highway. Criminals have been known to prey upon compassionate people. This puts all of us on alert. I have advised our daughters to never stop beside the road, however serious the situation appears to be. Call for help, but do not endanger yourself.

The situation in Connecticut, however, is clearly different. It happened in broad daylight. People witnessed the collision. Mr. Torres obviously needed help. We would expect to see people immediately rushing to his side. He should not have had to lay in the street alone.

I know that America is a compassionate, giving nation. I believe the consistent viewers of LIFE Today are "good Samaritans." But many citizens seem to be incapable of truly caring about the needs of others. A self-centered mentality prevails in so many communities. Parents have not instilled compassion and character in their children and it shows.

Jesus Christ instructed us to hear his words, do what he says and build our lives on a solid foundation. But our nation is drifting away from His example and, in many cases, rejecting Him altogether. The farther we move from the example set by Christ, the more we will see these displays of indifference.

I believe America is a truly great country and the majority of people truly want to do right. We are, however, being manipulated by a world of self-indulgent people, improper role models and deteriorating families. We need a turn for the better--a return to principles, a return to love, a return to God.

We must not be bystanders to the pain and tragedy in this world. We cannot stand around and wait for someone else to help. We should care enough about our neighbors to get personally involved. We must show mercy to those in need. It's not enough to just watch or get angry when others don't help someone. In order to follow the words of Jesus Christ, we must become the "good Samaritan."


Author: James Robison

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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.