Does this story say anything about what we are becoming …

Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax, a Guatemalan immigrant, was the kind of person people in New York ignored. He was dirty and homeless, but it didn’t mean Tale-Yax wasn’t human. It seems, actually, he was a pretty good guy. When a woman was attacked by a knife-weilding man in a short-sleeved green shirt and green hat, Tale-Yax, 31, leapt into action. He paid dearly for his heroic effort after he was stabbed. After falling the ground at 144th Street and 88th Road in Jamaica, Queens, around 5:40 a.m. on April 18, many people walked by him without doing anything to help. He laid there, first bleeding in pain and then motionless, for more than an hour, as dozens of people walked by, nobody stopping to help, according to a surveillance video obtained by the New York Post. One person even took what appears to be a photo with his cell phone before leaving Tale-Yax, who finally received assistance — via 911 call — at about 7:20 a.m.

Here’s the full story.

My friend Marc Tindall made this comment about this story, It is time to stop being afraid, it is time for revival of humanity, it is time to care. ‘Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.’ We let Jesus die on the sidewalk!”


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  1. Stoogelover says:

    No, it doesn't say much about what we are "becoming," but it speaks volumes about what we have become as a society.

    I remember a story by Swindoll (I think) about an exam at a school of theology on the Luke 10 pericope. The professor had enlisted the help of drama students to fake a wounded person in need of help, strategically placed where every student taking the exam had to walk past him. Not one of them stopped to help … they couldn't afford to be late for an exam on the story of the Good Samaritan!

  2. Angie says:

    I know how I want to respond, and yet, I'm not sure I would follow through when/if actualy presented with the opportunity. Case in point: Saturday night, almost 11:00 pm, returning from a horse show with Kid #3 in tow. A guy was walking along the side of the road. I could 1) stop and give him a ride into town, 2) Call the local PD and have them send an officer out to assist him, 3) Keep on driving and hope the next driver will take care of him. I have on occasion chosen option 2. Unfortunately this time, I did nothing. Notta. Zilch. Default to Option 3. It's quite lame. I could have at least called so the Sheriff's office would give him a ride. I know they would have done that if for no other reason than to move him out of the county. But I didn't. :-( Fear, fatigue, and busy-ness are my lame excuses for not being a good Samaritan. Thanks for making me think about it.

  3. Jeanne M. says:

    I await information where to send my "dump" donation.

  4. TREY MORGAN says:

    Greg – very interesting story. Never heard it.

    Angie – I'm guilty too.

    Jeanne – Next Wednesday (May 5th) I'll have all the info on my blog, but if you want to send it early, you can…

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  5. Maggie Beth says:

    I discovered long ago people "do not want to get involved".

    I secretly think that people are not really frightened of "helping" they are simply to selfish to care anymore.

    A man clean shaven, $1,000 suit, and Rolex laying the ground ~ you gonna help him!? Absolutely!! You may get a reward!!!

    I find it extremely telling that this post has gotten so few comments ~ especially when you get overwhelming comments about…I don't know….FaceBook….

    I guess people are simply rendered speechless by this travesty……

    What you do to the least of these…

  6. Peter P says:

    I read that story earlier.

    Sometimes I'm ashamed to be a part of the human race :-(

    …Would I actually have done anything different though?

  7. Dan Beals says:

    I strongly believe that evil has always been present since we were cursed in the garden of eden. The same exact thing may very well have happened 1000 years ago many times. I am no way justifying it but, evil is not something new, and i dont feel that we have "come to this point" in society… we have been here ever since we removed ourselves from God. Jesus came to solve this problem of not being able to receive salvation through good deeds and laws through His death.

    In many ways we are all guilty of walking by the people who are in need or dying. What I have learned from my walk with God is this… that we can live in this world (walking by the dying man)…. or we can live in Jesus's world (helping the dying man out). Yes, it can be an inconvenience (late for work, etc) and it may be messy and painful (sacrifice)… but what I have noticed is that it makes Jesus smile, and in my simple mind that cant understand much… thats all that matters.

    For my own life, Ill admit… I always say "Ive got enough of my own problems to help others". Thanks Trey for posting this to allow me to realize it so I can pray to God to help me overcome it.

  8. John McCoy says:

    This story is so much like a parable Jesus would tell. It makes me sad and angry and wanting to do something all at the same time.

  9. TREY MORGAN says:

    This is pretty much the Good Samaritan story without the Good Samaritan.

  10. Katherine.Gould@gmail.com says:

    There are not many words to say…except it is just sad. Each person is made in God's image and is so precious to Him…why should that not be the same for us?

    (Trust me, I am preaching to myself, too!)

  11. Mel says:

    Wow, that is terrible. We need to rise above and take a risk! I can't imagine walking by someone like that.

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