The Story of the Good Gay Bar Owner

Once, a lawyer approached Jesus to test Him, asking, “Teacher, what should I do in order to have eternal life?”

Jesus answered, “What is written in the Law of Moses? What is your reading of it?”

The lawyer replied, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘you shall love your neighbour as yourself.’”

Jesus said, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

But the lawyer wanted to appear smart, so he asked, “And who is my neighboour?”

So Jesus told this story:

A man suffered a great personal loss and lamented this in a Facebook status update. Now by chance a church ministry director read the update, and quickly moved on as he needed to update the church website with the latest articles on caring and Christian living. Later, a Christian accountability group leader read the update, and quickly moved on as she needed to examine her Facebook News Feed to see if anyone in her Christian accountability group has posted anything un-Christian on Facebook. If so, she is to immediately inform the Pharisee church pastor (who does not have a Facebook account, because Facebook is un-Christian) about the infraction so the offending church member can be held to account – which is what Christian accountability is all about.

Finally, an owner of a gay bar in the city of Sodom logged on to his Facebook account. He thought, how can I further promote and celebrate homosexuality and transgenderism, so as to increase the profits for my establishment? Perhaps a fetish fashion show featuring the latest in revealing and titillating leather gear, or a bisexual dating marathon where people can meet as many new casual sex partners of all orientations as they can? Then he saw the status update by the man with the great personal loss. The gay bar owner immediately sent the man a message of condolence and encouragement, and immediately alerted all mutual friends so they can help console the man with the great personal loss as well. As a result, the man was comforted and moved on from despair.

Jesus asked, “So which of these three do you think was neighbour to the man who suffered a great personal loss?”

The lawyer answered, “The one who showed mercy on the man.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

(Adapted from Luke 10:25-37)

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