True Compassion


This morning’s word was interesting in its formation.  I had read through my usual couple chapters in the Bible, taken a break to talk to my wife and then with still more time before getting prepared for church, I once more picked up the scriptures.

There in Matthew 15:32 NIV Jesus said, “ I have compassion for these people;”  He then addresses the fact that those people had not eaten for three days.  He immediately lays his credibility on the table for a second time with another fish and loaves miracle.  Surely there was a message here beyond the fact that He could create matter, for He had already demonstrated that with a larger crowd of five thousand?

Maybe the message was a reinforcement of the concept of true compassion?

Maybe it was there that James got it, for in the Book of James, vs. 2:14, he makes a statement about compassion:  “‘What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?  Can such faith save him?  Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?’”

True compassion, just as true faith, is substance and tangible (Heb. 11:1). 

This economic downturn, possibly with even a second dip looming, could be the Church’s greatest day in America?  Or, she can simply recoil selfishly; offering verbal blessings on the Sabbath while railing against the over taxation necessary to care for the poor she has neglected; demanding the rights of those enjoying rank capitalism, while teaching prosperity, as others suffer hunger, nakedness and homelessness.

“When saw we thee a stranger…naked…sick…in prison …?” Matthew 25:37-39 KJV

One thought on “True Compassion

  1. It is interesting isn’t it…how some of the very things the ‘Christian right’ laments are the result of the the very things the ‘Christian right’ has neglected. I thank God that He is awakening many to the futility and outright idolatry of ‘mainstream American Christianity’ that treasures freedom, captialism, and comfort more than Jesus and that looks upon many in our city and our world with disdain and disgust rather than with the love and compassion of God that flows from a heart that truly recognizes the depth of his/her own rescue by the hand of God.

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