Here's another parable, about just who our neighbor is:
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”
And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”
But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:25-37 NKJV
Maybe you're not aware of the cultural context of this parable, but the neighbor, Jesus says, is a Samaritan. Samaritans were totally despised as not quite Jewish and not quite Gentile...and yet Jesus uses the most despised person and said, THIS is your neighbor. Not only that, but Jesus has the Samaritan doing the good deeds that everyone with the proper lineage, religion, and cultural wouldn't do. Ie: the maligned had something to teach to those with "the true" faith and culture.
As I said in a previous post, if this story was told in an American cultural context, the Samaritan would probably be replaced with Mexican, or Muslim, or perhaps something even more shocking like homosexual, or something more disturbing than that...(I won't give specific examples but use your imagination) In other parts of the world, say Ireland, the Samaritan's role might be taken by taken by England, or Northern Ireland. In Israel the role might be given to "the good Palestinian" or even more shocking, perhaps "the good Hamas follower". In Iran, the role might be "the good Jew, or good atheist". In Turkey in might be, "the good Armenian" in Greece it might be "the good Turk" in Serbia it might be the "good Croatian" or good Albanian...and so and so forth. The point is the cultural context of the parable, Jesus took the most maligned group of people the Jews could possibly imagine, and said THAT is your neighbor. In America's past it would have been "the good African American", as Jesus told this story to the KKK grand dragon. That's the point, it was meant to be shocking. And I always wonder just how shocked and horrified some people were when they heard this. How shocked would have I been? Would I have accepted it?
So next time you read that, think of the group of people, or person you most dislike, and instead of Samaritan, insert that person into the parable. That is the point, EVERYONE is our neighbor. customs officer, or anyone else you can't stand in whatever culture you come from is the Samaritan. It's a universal teaching for us today, and not only for 1st century Jews. The titles and cultures might be different, but the MEANING is universal, because Christ's message is universal and for all time.