The Tramp Preacher talks about God's view of bridges connecting the road and the heart.
Gas From The Tramp Preacher's Tank.
"But a certain Samaritan . . . went to him".
When he did that he built a bridge, a bridge that spanned one of the oldest quarrels in the world. The Jews and the Samaritans had no dealings all because of the intermarriage of the Samaritans with formers. They were despised by the Jews. Imagine the electric shock when Jesus said, "But a certain Samaritan". They grimaced but Jesus finished the story.
Life Always Progressed as Men Build Bridges
In fact we exist to build bridges. Not to follow slavishly the parable but in the spirit of the Samaritan.
A bridge is a device to carry us over a rough place in the road. Think what our roads would be like if it were not for bridges. In the horse and buggy days we had "thank you mam's", now we put a tile under the road. It is a bridge and makes the road smooth. On a trip the other day I counted sixty two bridges going fourteen miles. One was over a large river.
Note what the Samaritan did when he went to the injured man
He Ended his Loneliness
Loneliness is when you cannot find a bridge to another heart. You are shut in on the island of yourself. Jesus loved to build bridges. He made so many they forgot he was a Jew.
He Healed Misunderstanding
More bridges will do it today. War exists today for the lack of understanding. We don't get near enough to one another. Did you ever hear it said, "You can't get near him". Well you can. So many are misunderstood and misunderstand.
All That is Needed is a Bridge
God speaks of bridges connecting the road and the heart. Let someone build it. Let us build it! Bridges means fellowship There can be no quarrel or hatred where there is fellowship.
Norse mythologists taught that the rainbow was a bridge on which mortals could pass over to the gods, if an unworthy foot tread it would give way and the unworthy lost forever. All that is changed now. The unworthy may now pass over it, "Whosoever will may come". The Bridge will not break. It has been strengthened in a way the Norsemen never dreamed. It is supported underneath by two great beams and their form is that of the cross.