Are the SAMARITAN RIDERS a Motorcycle Ministry or an otherwise “religious” organization?
No. We are NOT a Motorcycle Ministry, nor are we a Christian Ministry. We, as an organization, welcome ALL religions. It is a fact that most all religions promote “goodwill towards man” which is the basis on which this organization was founded.
We speak of “Faith” in general terms, and leave it open to individual interpretation. The SAMARITAN RIDERS cited the Biblical Story of the Samaritan as an example of what we were taught as children – “Do unto others”… What little scripture we have quoted on our homepage just as well could have been Confucius quotes and/or Karma irony in regards to “what goes around – comes around” – Whatever message is demonstrated through our actions as “Do Gooders” is to provide hope for some and inspire others the “lend a hand” to those in their community who are less fortunate.
Make no mistake however, the Founders are Christian and the SAMARITAN RIDERS of Washington was founded on their shared Christian values.
Like the story below, a GOOD SAMARITAN RIDER is the 33%’er who tries to meet the needs of others, either individually or in small groups, by doing good deeds. Good Citizenship can be measured by ones efforts to give back to their community. We hope to set an example of service to follow. Our good deeds are meant to encourage others to find something that they are passionate about – And we challenge you to go get active with it!
THE GOOD SAMARITAN BIBLE STORY
But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor?
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, 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 on him. And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?
And he said, He that showed mercy on him.
Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Luke x, 29-37.
Our Business Logo:
The 2014 SAMARITAN RIDERS BACK PATCH™ is a representation of the organizations vision and intentions for the medically challenged and socially disadvantaged kids in our local communities. Wheat is the Biblical symbol of a good harvest; gold and silver are the prosperity of spirit and white, the purity of our intentions. Blue is indicative of our working man roots and loyalty to each other and our communities. The large hand is our purpose, the small hand are for those we lend it to who are in need. The spokes are the bond of the brotherhood and sisterhood that hold us together and gives us strength to endure.
Our ride season is spring-fall. Coincidentally, these are the months where we can plant the seeds of CHARITY and watch our efforts take root to blossom. The “lending hand” could very well be sowing those seeds; or even the extension of friendship.
What does it mean to wear a SAMARITAN RIDERS Back Patch™?
Wearing a SAMARITAN RIDERS BACK PATCH™ is more than getting together for good times….
- It is also getting together in bad times.
- It constitutes a lot of work.
- It is committing yourself to not look for how your fellow SAMARITANS might help you, but ways in which you can be of help to them.
- It is a lifestyle in which you always look to give, but never expect to receive.
- It is acceptance into a Brother and Sisterhood that grows stronger with each passing mile on this road of life.
Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good unto all. ~ GALATIONS 6:9-10