Who Are the Samaritans Today?

Though centuries of divisiveness have made it hard for Christians to be peacemakers, I personally hope that Christians will be first among those who dare to take the risk of being Samaritans to the world, stop taking pride in our distinctions, and simply wash one another's feet, bind wounds, extend compassion. It is within our Christian DNA to stop fracturing the human family and to begin to bring it together.

I pray this is what we will do.  Indeed, this is the most hopeful future for Christianity.

Jerry D. Campbell, Ph.D., is President of Claremont (Calif.) School of Theology and an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church. A long-time university administrator, he has held senior positions at University of Southern California and Duke University. He can be contacted at

7/23/2010 4:00:00 AM