After a penetrating analysis of the story of the Good Samaritan, Bruxy Cavey writes:
"The way of Jesus is the way of risky love. Religion is the way of safety, security, and shelter within the structure of rules, regulations, rituals, and routines. Jesus and his earliest followers were relentless in pressing people to see two things. First, loving people is the primary way we love God (see Matthew 25:31-46; John 14:15, 231, 23,; James 2:8-18; 1 John 4:20-21; 5:3; 2 John 6). Second, this love of humankind must always take precedence over religious rutual or ethical obstacles (see Matthew 5:23-24; John 10:16; Galatians 3:28).
Think for a moment on the scandalous implications of this story for our own day and way of living. Even among Christ-followers I regularly find people that squirm, both intellectually and emotionally, to try to wiggle out of the clear closing injunction of Christ: 'Go and do the same.' 'But you have to be wise,' is a favorite comeback. Well, wisdom, is good, but love is even better. And Christ-followers are called to be, according to the standards of the world, 'foolish' (1 Corinthians 1:20-31; 4:10). Real love is, from a purely human, self-serving perspective, irrational.