08 September 2011

Compassion? I don't understand.

Have you ever truly asked yourself if you were "compassionate"? Many times, this word is used in the Bible, but what does it truly mean? The Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, had compassion on those around Him.

"And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things."
(Mark 6:34 KJV)

Last night, I was reminded of God's what God has for me. So many times, we are distracted by everything around us. We forget about the people. There are over 6.7 billion people in this world. Majority of them have never heard of the Lord Jesus Christ; most of the people who have heard of Him have never accepted Him as their Lord and Saviour. I am ashamed of myself, for I have not taken the time to share His Gospel with these people.
Kevin Carter, a South African photographer, took a picture in March of 1994 while in the country of Sudan. He photographed a young girl, starving to death, crawling with all of her might. She was trying to get to nearby feeding center and had stopped to catch her fleeting breath. A vulture appeared and stood by her, simply waiting to attack. For twenty minutes, Carter sat and waited for the vulture to spread its wings. He finally took a photo (which later went on to win a Pulitzer Prize), shooed the vulture away, and left. He didn't pick up the dying little girl. He left her there, dying in the dust. A few months later, after being criticized for letting the little girl die, Carter committed suicide. He could not live with himself knowing that he had let a human being die and took profit from it.
Many people want to scream at Kevin Carter for the unthinkable thing that he did to this beautiful little Sudanese girl, but he is not the one to blame. Yes, what he did was horrible. Yes, he should have picked up the young girl and brought her to safety instead of taking a lousy picture and letting her die. This is all very true. But, we as Christians do the exact same thing. We walk past people every single day and let them die. These people are dying without God, and the Devil himself is waiting to attack. We take time to bash people for their beliefs (or lack thereof). We take the time to call them names and blame them for their sin. This world is full of sinners; there will be sin. GET OVER IT! Stop attacking people for their sin when you are ignoring God's direct command to you. It's time we put down our cameras and start picking up people.
"Compassion is putting people into your heart."-Dr. Tommy Sexton
Are you truly compassionate? Do you love people where they are and give them the true love of the Lord?


Caleb said...

Wow! Great post. You know, I have been taking online classes through Crown and Dr. Sexton said something along the same lines: "When we truly know God, we will then see others the way He sees them." It is when we get to know God that we are able to truly be compassionate toward the lost... Thanks for posting!

Caitlyn Mae said...

I'm glad it was a blessing to you, Caleb. I saw a guy the first week of school and seriously thought that it was you. I said, "Are you Caleb?" and he said, "No. I'm Mike!" It was quite akward! Haha I'm glad you're taking online classes. Do you plan on attending in the spring?

Caleb said...

Hah hah! That's funny! Yes, I'm planning on being there in January. I'm really looking forward to it!

Toyin O. said...

Amen, so true; true religion is loving the orphans, widows, and the needy of the world.