The Good Palestinian by Rocket Kirchner

by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
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March 16, 2014

Le Jour ni l’Heure 6617 : Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel, 1850-1913, Le Bon Samaritain, 1878, musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans, Loiret, région Centre, mardi 7 août 2012, 14:47:49

Image by Renaud Camus via Flickr

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Palestinian, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii 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.’

The parable of the Good Samaritan has been domesticated over centuries and therefore misunderstood. The question proposed to Jesus had to do with what it takes to inherit eternal life. It was proposed by a fellow Jew. Jesus’ reply was at first to love God with everything and then to love your neighbor as yourself. The next question to Jesus was, “Who is my neighbor?” This is when Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan. This story no doubt angered many and deeply moved others.

One must understand this story and how insulting and inflammatory it really is to appreciate it. To understand it, the Jewish people during Jesus’ day viewed the Samaritans as half breeds. They viewed them with utter contempt, considering themselves as only the chosen people, and therefore anyone else seeking the God of Israel not according to them, needed to be shunned. This is blood line tribal thinking at its most loveless. So Jesus tells the story of a Jewish priest and a Levite passing this injured man on the road, but a Samaritan to whom the Jews despised saves the man’s life.

Just to see how radical this parable really is, let us put this inflammatory story in the context of our day. Modern day Israel: two Rabbis pass by, but the Good Palestinian stops to help. Wall Street Protest: Two political activists pass by, but the Good Citizen stops to help. The Deep South: two white preachers pass by, but the Good Black Man stops to help. NAACP gathering: Two black men pass by, but the Good Caucasian stops to help. I could go on and on with many more examples.

The point being in all of this is simply this: In order for this story to be undomesticated and run wild in its original revolutionary form, it must be taken in its context so that it not only has teeth, but can communicate to all of us what the heart of God is all about. That heart is about love with no walls, crossing the great divide which keeps us all apart. The Good Person who stops and helps expresses the perfection of the love Divine, no matter how much it offends our sensibilities of what we think of other races. The way to avoid this offense is to become the Good Person who stops to help others, no matter the cost.

Suggested links:


Rocket Kirchner: Hiding in America (Live)

Noam Chomsky: The Gospels Are Radical Pacifist Documents

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2 thoughts on “The Good Palestinian by Rocket Kirchner

  1. If the Jews thought the Samaritans as half breeds in the day of Jesus, is it possible the Jews to this day, think those who are non Jewish are inferiors to their cult? if so this would not be any surprise that the Jews would think of groups such as the Palestinians as inferiors? if we know anything about Jesus, was his attempt to bring Gods word to all of mankind? as a result of what the Jews interpreted of what Jesus was saying, were not willing to give up the patent rights of what they held as truth, that is only Jews can know God, and confirmed this in the court of Jesus’s trial, in particular uttering the blood be upon the Jews, as long as we get rid of him.
    The other point is that if the Jews had conspired to make up the story of the coming or the Messiah, sooner or later someone would come to the stage to proclaim this as that it is I? some might say its a type of selfie, in its day, it is not unknown some think Jesus was deluded, and really thought he was the Son of God, paradox as it may seem their is no reason to think that even if the Jews were acting in bad faith, that in a parallel universe that Jesus as deluded may actually become the Son of God, meaning he was a early prototype sort of model of the holistic man, this is mysticism that can be seen with quantum physics in terms of a position of subatomic particles being in two separate places at the same time.

    • Don, yes… Jesus mission was anti-tribal. it was truly universal. ALL means ALL. this is why his inclusion to those to whom the Jews of his day looked down upon is so important.

      The problem with the Good Samaritan story today is that has lost its bite being not understood in its context. Text without context is pretext. This is why i put it in terms of the Good Negro in the south, the Good Palestinian in Israel. the Good citizen during an activist rally, the Good Caucasian at an NAACP gathering ..etc.. so on and so forth.

      As far as Jesus being the Messiah, that must be revealed supernaturally. that is why the women at the empty tomb were chosen to proclaim him, because a women’s testimony was not held up in court then. so therefore those who believed them had to have it revealed to them without the use of the Laws of the day or any kind of natural credibility. Just as crucifixion was considered outside of the Divine sphere by both Pagans and Jews of the day. So it would take real faith to redefine Divinity as love, sacrifice, and humility.

      as far as the Messiah and Quantum, you may want to check out a very innovative book on the subject entitled ”Quantum Theology”. Sounds to me like you are hitting on some salient points that this book may help to illuminate. i read it years ago. it is cutting edge theology and science, but not an easy read.

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