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A Modern Day Good Samaritan

Speak up and judge fairly: defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31: 9

Recently, a visually impaired man was paying for lunch at a fast food restaurant when he  unknowingly dropped a $20 bill on the floor. As the blind man walked away, the woman behind him in line picked up the money and stuffed it in her purse.

Joey Prusak, a 19 year old employee working the cash register, saw it happen. He politely asked the woman to return the man’s money, but she insisted she had dropped the bill.
Joey replied, “Ma’m, I’m going to ask you one more time to return the money or leave the store.” When she refused, Joey told her to leave because, “I’m not going to serve anyone as disrespectful as you.” Swearing heatedly at him, she left.

The teenager then approached the blind man who was eating lunch. After explaining everything, he took $20 from his wallet and gave it to the man on behalf of the restaurant.

Joey demonstrated the justice and fairness God values. As Psalm 99:4 says, The King is mighty, he loves justice… In my imagination I picture applause and a drum roll in Heaven in that shining moment when young Joey stood up for what is just and fair.

Under the influence of our human sin nature, it’s easy to develop a “me first” mentality like the woman who scooped up the $20 bill. We can become so focused on ourselves that we are indifferent to others and lose our compassion.

However, God tells us, Speak up and judge fairly: defend the rights of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:8-9). God wants us to actively defend those who are less fortunate and vulnerable - to be a modern day Good Samaritan like Joey.

Father, help me step up and be an advocate for what is fair and just.


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