Wednesday, 23 December 2009

A Parable for this time.

A rather brilliant re-rendering of the Parable of the Good Samaritan pointed at Uganda:

Uganda: the Authorised Version (or who my neighbour isn't)

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, “Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

He said unto him, “What is written in the law? How readest thou?”

And he answering said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”

And he said unto him, “Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.”

But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”

And Jesus answering said, “A certain man went down from Kampala to Entebbe, and fell among the police and law makers, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and held him, pending the arrival of the hurry-up wagon so that they might cast him into prison, and hang him; for he had dared to love another man. And by chance there came down a certain Archbishop of Canterbury that way: and when he saw him, he said ‘attempts to publicly influence either the local church or political opinion in Uganda would be divisive and counter productive, yea it would be seen as white colonialism’ and he passed by on the other side.

“And likewise a Pastor named Rick Warren and his friends, who had counselled the law makers of that land against homosexuals, when they were at the place, came and looked on him. Pastor Rick was deeply moved and said, ‘It is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations’, and they passed by on the other side.

“And on the morrow when he was hanged, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the Archbishop and the pastors, though they had known that this would come to pass.

“Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the police and the law makers?”

And the lawyer said, “Not one of them.”

Then said Jesus unto him, “Well done, even you can spot a hypocrite.”
Jesus wept.

(Thanks to God knows I believe)


  1. Fr Dougal - you got your link wrong - try here.

    You missed the 'd' out of 'God' in the link version - now is that heterodoxy :) ?

  2. I'll point out here, as I was too polite to do it on believer's site, that ABC + Rick Warren is two passers-by, not the three required by the text ...

  3. Oh, please don't put the + symbol BEFORE Rick Warren's name. He isn't that high up the chain.

    A sad, yet accurate, description using a well-known Lukan parable. I imagine the evangelist himself would likely be jailed for seven years in Uganda for even suggesting that a gay man had any business being on the road to Entebbe in the first place!

  4. Sorry - 'plus' or 'and' - although I can see why you got upset and apologise, unintentional though it was. Probably should have used an ampersand.

    Having had a look at his and his church's web-sites, I'm not even sure what denomination they are. Probably the usual "strange American" one of "giving lots of money to the pastor."

  5. Yes, the exegesis is ropey, but the fellah is C of E wot wrote it!

    Rick Warren is Southern Fried Baptist I think.