Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Good Samaritan

Tea for Three
Many are reading Greg Mortenson's books about his effort to change the face of Afghanistan by building schools for girls anywhere he can lay down a brick. My bet is fewer current affairs book aficionados are reading Tea with Hezbollah : Sitting at the Enemies' Table, Our Journey through the Middle East by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis.

Dekker's best known as a Christian fiction author; Medearis is an 'international expert in the field of Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations'. Together, the authors did something both audacious and dangerous by travelling to the Middle East -- places such as Syria, Jordan and the West Bank -- seeking out leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah, Druze, Al-Qaeda and others for sit-down, face-to-face interviews over tea. The primary purpose? To find out if Christ's parable about the 'Good Samaritan' is still viable.

Doesn't sound like anything unusual until you read the actual interviews; all in the book verbatim and straight from the tape recorder. Questions like "What's your favorite joke?"; "What kind of car do you drive?"; "What's your favorite movie?"; "When was the last time you cried and why?"; and then the big one... "Do you believe in being a Good Samaritan?"

Read the book; compare answers; then sit back and stew about it.

Post by Phil Carr