Our adult Christian-Education class at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, began this past Sunday, February 22 our discussion of the church’s engagement with the LGBTQ community. Read the questions and handout used in Sunday’s discussion.
To help suss out our thoughts and current views on engagement, Kurt created the following “news” story:
Jericho-Area Doctor Refuses to Care for Beaten Man
February 19, 32AD http://jerusalemlocal.com/levite-refuses-beaten-man
JERICHO–Can a doctor refuse to help a wounded man because he was in the care of a Samaritan? That situation played out near the Jerusalem highway this week.
Moisch Tevia, of suburban Samaria, brought to the doctor’s office a traveling man who had been beaten by robbers and left for dead. But after waiting with the wounded man to receive treatment, Dr. Simon refused to see them. Another doctor told Moisch that Dr. Simon decided he couldn’t treat the beaten man because Moisch is from Samaria.
“Under current Jewish law, a doctor has an absolute right to refuse medical treatment on the basis of political and historical differences,” said Levite Legal Analyst Aaron Aaronheim.
The situation happened last October, but Jesus of Nazareth highlighted the story in public this week at a levitical lawyer’s symposium on the topic of “Moral Quandaries and National Honor.”
“I think people should know that this is happening to real people who are in need. This is really happening,” 30-year-old Moisch Tevia told the Jerusalem Local.
The 49-year-old doctor has since written Moisch and the wounded man a letter of apology, saying that after “much prayer” following the initial triage, he didn’t believe that he could develop a personal patient doctor relationship with the two of them.
“I never meant to hurt either of you,” he wrote. “Please know that I believe that God requires me to stand up for my morals in my practice and I’m not one to judge, but you are a Samaritan after all. Again, I am very sorry for the hurt and angry feelings that were created by this. I hope your wounded friend is okay.”
Still, Moisch says nothing will change the humiliation he felt that day. He had spent all day taking care of the robbed and beaten man only to be turned away by Dr. Simon because of who he is–and it’s completely legal.
“It was embarrassing. It was humiliating … It’s just wrong,” said Moisch. After he left Dr. Simon’s office, Moisch decided to treat the man himself. He 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. 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.’
After reading Kurt’s reinterpretation of the Good Samaritan story, we read an actual news story that happened in the Detriot area last week. With many of the same quotations, both of these stories pushed us to look at how we’re engaging with our culture, particularly the LGBTQ community, and how we perhaps should be engaging.
Join us for part two of our discussion this Sunday, March 1 during the Christian-Education hour.