So what do Haiti needs have to do with NSC, me and you as followers of Christ.
Is it just a heartwarming story by a nice guy trying to help or are there instructions from Jesus to us on helping.
Fortunately there are instructions...a challenge presented in a parable dealing with helping those in need.
The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
Luke 10:25  On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Luke 10:26  "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"
Luke 10:27  He answered: "'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, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
Luke 10:28  "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."
Luke 10:29  But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
Luke 10:30  In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
Luke 10:31  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
Luke 10:32  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
Luke 10:33  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
Luke 10:34  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.
Luke 10:35  The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'
Luke 10:36  "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"
Luke 10:37  The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

Now, let's break this down into two sections
First: Salvation
Second: Who is my neighbor I'm commanded to love?

Salvation
"What must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus responds to the expert in the law with a question, "What does the law say (about this subject)?"
"Love The Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself."
Jesus responds "You got it. Do that and you're in"

But...that's not good enough for the law expert
"Who is my neighbor?"
In other words, "Who do I have to love?"
I need some clarification...an out..exceptions...cause there quite a few people I'm not sure I'd like to love.

Which leads us to the second part of this passage
Who is My Neighbor? To which Jesus responds with a story...a parable

Luke 10:30  In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
Luke 10:31  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
Luke 10:32  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
Luke 10:33  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
Luke 10:34  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.
Luke 10:35  The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'

A priest, a levite and a Samaritan walk into a bar...:)

A priest - Responsible for worship & sacrifices at the temple. Highly regarded
Levites - assisted the priests with worship(including providing music and security )

A Samaritan
A guy of mixed heritage (Assyrians conquered the area long before, imported their own people and the Jews that remained intermarried and had children...the Samaritans.)
Despised by Jewish leaders....hence the irony in Jesus' story

Both the priest and levite saw the beaten man in the ditch and their response was to cross to the other side of the road as they passed by.
Why?

Different responses to the
need
Inconvenience? No time? Below them? Scared they'd be beat as well? Indifferent?                                                       there and did not help.
Dunno. All we know is they both left the man lying there and did not help.



Different responses to the need
The Samaritan
Stopped and "had compassion"
Soothed, disinfected and bandaged his wounds
Put him on his own animal and carried him to shelter at an inn
Cared for him and provided support for a time of recovery

Jesus, definition of who a neighbor is and how to love them

Luke 10:36  "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"
Luke 10:37  The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

The question for us today
When faced with the needs of the hurting in this world, will we be more like the priest, the levite or the Samaritan?
We all lead busy lives and have problems of our own (as I'm sure each person in the story did as well) but Jesus says we should have mercy and compassion for those around us.
Of course we should do it wisely but we should still do it!

Example of the difference of putting $5 -the easiest thing to do- in the hand of the guy flying the sign beside the interstate (moral quandary of buying food or feeding an addiction) vs taking the time to love on the person.

Same thing with Haiti
Will we be the priest or the levite?
After all "we have problems of our own right here inthis country, right."
How do you think Jesus would respond to that line of thought?
"You're right! So love your neighbors here AND your neighbors there."

Practically speaking, as we close, how can we wisely help our brothers in Haiti?
You can go and personally use your gifts to love on folks. Next tentative trip is Jan 7th. This is not for everyone but for those that are called it's a tremendous blessing.
You can partner with us as we partner with men and women of integrity who are in Haiti. People like Isaac and poverty resolution. People like Pastor Monoit at the Callebasse church. People like Frankie and Tania at the House of Blessing orphanage.

Challenge
As with all of Jesus' teachings this is not one of condemnation or legalism.
It is a challenge to love others like He loves us.
He saw us broken and separated from God the Father and did not pass us by
He stopped, loved, sacrificed and paid the price for our salvation.


Invitation
If you've not accepted that offer of love from God and committed to love the God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, we'd love to talk to you today about doing so, so that you too might "inherit eternal life."
Or maybe you have and you're in need of some renewal. Somewhere along the road you started focusing on your own needs instead of trusting God with them and now you are passing by the lost and hurting because you're too busy with your stuff.
You're not the first and your certainly won't be the last but God allows you a
mulligan...a redo, a do over. Will you ask Him to soften your heart today?

Or maybe you are trying to help someone and you'd like to come and pray for them. We'd be glad to pray with you today. Won't you come as the WORSHIP BAND leads us.