Talks: The Parable of the Good Roller Blader

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

At social events we can point to God in a low key way. Here’s an example of taking a parable of Jesus and resetting it in your social event, in this case – roller blading.

A popular man came up to Jesus and asked, “What must I do to have eternal life?”

Jesus answered, “What does God’s word say?”

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your strength, with all your soul and with all your mind, and love your neighbour as yourself.”

“You are right,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But the man asked further, “Who is my neighbour?”

Jesus answered. “There were once a youth group that spent an evening roller blading. During a game of roller-hockey, there was a collision, and a young man fell to the ground and lay there, groaning, with a cut to his head. The one who struck him pulled him off the court and lay him at the side. “You’ll be right,” he told him, and went back to the game.

Soon after, the youth leader came back from buying an ice cream. He noticed the young man lying to one side, and also saw the others playing hockey. He considered helping the boy, but he loved playing hockey, so pretended he hadn’t seen him and joined in the game.

Soon a worker at the rink, who had just come off duty, noticed the young boy lying to the side, and swiftly went to his side. She made him comfortable, nursed his cut and kept him company till he felt better. Finally she called his parents, who came and took him home. She called later in the week to make sure he was okay.

And Jesus concluded “In your opinion, which of these three – the one who struck him, the leader or the stranger – acted like a neighbour toward the boy?”

The man answered, “The one who was kind to him”.

Jesus replied “Go then, and do likewise”.