Given by Christian King, Honor Council Member
I would like to begin with a Bible story that I’m sure most of us are all familiar with, and the version I read today is from a children’s Bible.
“What a nice day for my walk to Jericho,” the man thought. He walked slowly, enjoying the sunshine, smelling the sweet flowers. He didn’t pay much attention to the fact that he was the only person on the road. He was sorry he hadn’t when a couple of creeps jumped out from behind a rock and knocked him down. “Let me up!” he screamed. But one of the robbers hit him on the head with a rock and left him bleeding on the side of the road. When he woke up, his money was gone, his clothes were gone. They even took his shoes!
“They just left me on this deserted road to bleed to death. That’s just what is going to happen, too,” he thought. When he heard footsteps later, he struggled to lift his head. “Hurray! A Priest. If anyone will help me a priest will.”
But to his surprise the priest looked at him with disgust, “Uhh, why is this piece of garbage in the road!” Then he crossed the road and kept on walking.
The sun beat down on the poor man. He had nearly given up hope when he once again heard footsteps. This time he didn’t have the strength to lift his head, but squinting through half-open eyes, he saw a temple worker coming toward him, “Help me. Please help me!” The temple worker came up to the man and poked him with his toe. “Hmm, this fellow has been beaten up pretty bad,” he thought, “but I’m busy. I’ve got work to do.” He stepped over the man and kept right on walking
It was nearly dark before the man heard more footsteps. This time he didn’t even open his eyes until he felt a gentle hand lift his head and slide a pillow under it. “A Samaritan. Why would you stop and help me? Do you think you’re going to rob me? Sorry, buddy there’s nothing left,” the hurt man thought, closing his eyes.
He must have gone to sleep because he woke up to find that he was lying in a soft bed in a nice inn. The Samaritan was cleaning his cuts and putting bandages on them. Then he saw the good Samaritan give the innkeeper gold pieces to take care of him. The man sighed and let himself relax. He knew he didn’t have anything to worry about now.
The Bible talks a great deal about honor, and it makes one point very clear: that having personal honor is a gift from God and a person fulfills his of her honor through their willingness to help others. That it is by sharing honor with others and a readiness to give freely that a person fully glorifies their gift from God.
The story of the Good Samaritan shows us that helping someone who is in need is the most honorable thing a person can do. In fact, not helping others is the opposite of being honorable, it is selfish. And as Abby reminded us on Tuesday, selfishness hurts a community and respect for ourselves and others is what brings us together.
In our own community, honor is a something we can all struggle with. But we should not struggle with it alone. As the Good Samaritan shows us, to help another is the most honorable thing that can be done. And we should help one another to be honorable. We should not turn away, as the first two travelers did, when faced with dishonor or unpleasantness, because having honor is not an easy task to accomplish. It requires help from others. Let us work to help one another in being honorable.
Today, we sign the Code of Conduct. A pledge that we shall live as a honor bound community. And we will sign it as a community and in front of one another. Let this act as a sign that our honor as a school is not made up by individuals or our separate identities but as a community, working together to be honorable. Because having honor is not a selfish act but an outpouring of love that we must show to everyone.