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Is There a Good Samaritan in the House?

Posted by on November 26, 2011

This shocking article just caught my attention:

UPDATE: Man Dies on Black Friday; Shoppers Unfazed

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A man collapsed while doing some Black Friday shopping in a crowded store, and people nearby continued to shop.

Witnesses tell WSAZ.com some shoppers walked around and even over the man’s body.

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Family members tell WSAZ.com that Walter Vance, of Logan County, W.Va., passed away after being taken to the hospital.

It happened at Target in the Southridge Shopping Center in South Charleston about 12:15 a.m. Friday.

Vance got sick and collapsed on the floor while shopping for Christmas decorations for his newly remodeled workplace.

Vance started working at the Aracoma Drug Company store in Logan when he was 16. He liked it so much, he went to pharmacy school at WVU and has worked there ever since.

He started a new Aracoma Drug Company store in Chapmanville and had co-owned it since the 70′s.

Vance was 61 years old. Friends say he’s has had heart problems for years and had open heart surgery in 2000, but his death came as a shock, and what happened in the final moments of his life only adds to the heartbreak.

“Where is the good Samaritan side of people?” Vance’s co-worker and friend Sue Compton said. “How could you not notice someone was in trouble? I just don’t understand if people didn’t help what their reason was, other than greed because of a sale.”

One of the late night shoppers tells WSAZ.com what really disturbs her about the situation was the lack of concern by the rest of the shoppers.

An E.R. nurse happened to be one of the late night shoppers and tried to administer CPR. She and an off-duty paramedic who was also shopping did try to help Vance while he was on the floor.

An ambulance was called to the store. Vance was taken to the hospital, but later died.

WSAZ.com called Target Friday. So far, they haven’t released a statement about what happened.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

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This brings to mind this passage in II Timothy:

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people” (II Timothy 3:1 – 5).

Are we in those times? It seems like it more and more.

I am reminded of a time when I was at an auto auction. A man fell down and was laying on the pavement. People were stepping over him right and left. It was sad.  I went over with some other gentlemen to see what was wrong. Fortunately, he came to and seemed none the worse for wear.  He told us he had just started on some new medication and evidently had a reaction to it.

Still, folks were more interested in making a bid on a Ford than they were in seeing what could be done for a man who had passed out in their midst.

Are these indications of a cooling of the heart as Paul predicts to Timothy in the passage above?

Jesus gave us the story of what has come to be known as the story of the “Good Samaritan.” In it, he describes a man who had been beaten and robbed and was laying on the side of a road. A priest and a rabbi passed by, going out of their way not to help the man. Then, a Samaritan, a man of a race despised by the Jews, passed by and took the man to shelter where he could be looked after.  He even left money to pay for the man’s treatment offering to pay more if needed when he passed by again (Luke 10:25-37).

My hope is that we have not become this type of culture… hearts so hardened and selfish that we are impervious to individuals who are in need of our care and attention.

May we pray that we are not the generation Paul speaks of to Timothy.

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