Over on Facebook I see I’ve got a status update from Samaritan’s Purse. (That name will come in handy in just a second…) The update begins like this:
URGENT: Christian doctors and nurses are urgently needed as the cholera outbreak in Haiti grows. **We will cover volunteer expenses, including airfare, for those who can serve during Christmas.
Now, I know full well that Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian missionary organisation. But is there something Christians are learning in Medical School that non-Christians don’t? Will the people dying of cholera really turn up their noses at an I.V. full of Ringer’s Lactate hung by a non-Christian nurse?
The way I see it is that perhaps there are more than a few non-Christian doctors and nurses out there who would be more than willing to help. And after all, wasn’t it one of the points of The Good Samaritan parable that help is help, in spite of the culture and faith of the one offering it??!?