12 June 2009

Beware the New "Compassion"

I sense a growing weariness among Christians in the fierce cultural battles currently being waged, such as abortion and gay “marriage.” Does it seem like life would be so much easier if we stopped making a big deal about things and just let people do what they wanted? Live and let live, right? Isn’t that the compassionate attitude?

The accusation goes like this: if you dare to call something wrong or immoral, or if you insist that some things are inherently good and others are inherently evil and therefore should not be allowed, then you are being exclusive and insensitive, judgmental and without compassion. If you have the temerity to actually call something a sin, well, that’s the new capital offense.

With regard to the most serious moral and social issues of our day, those with an anti-Christian agenda are trying to redefine compassion -- they equate compassion with tolerance and acceptance, and it just ain’t so.

Beware the new “compassion.”

The new “compassion” says that we must include and accept everyone, regardless of their opinions or lifestyles or beliefs or choices. We should simply agree to disagree, and stop being so critical. After all, doesn’t Jesus welcome everyone with open arms?

It sounds good. It sounds kind and sympathetic. It sounds loving, even. It sounds pretty convincing. But I’m not convinced...

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Anne said...

Jennifer, I read this today at Catholic Online and posted a comment there, but again, I applaud your courage! My favorite line is "we have to turn our backs on sin." Extremely difficult for everyone as we are all sinners. The crosses that we are afflicted with can be crippling when we try to overcome them, but if our cross is sinful and harmful to ourselves or others, our prayer must be for repentance over and over again. God will always forgive us in our sincerity. I am so proud to share the Catholic faith with you!

carmelitemom said...

This was an awesome article! I will definitely have to link to this. Keep up the great work!

Homeschoolmum4Christ said...

Hi Jennifer,
I'm not a Catholic, but I enjoyed your article, nevertheless.

The Bible speaks explicitly about the marriage of one man to one woman - Adam to Eve, not Adam to Steve.

If we are accepting of gay marriage, aren't we denigrating God's Word, and saying that it really doesn't make any difference? God has given us the Bible so that we know how to live lives pleasing to Him.

God also says that we are knit together in our mother's womb, and that is where conception takes place. Therefore, abortion is also totally against God's Word.

God's Word is there for us, but if we start taking bits and pieces out of it, how long will it be before our morals and our walk with Him are in steep decline. Satan is the deceiver, and will do anything he can to draw people away from God and His Word.

If we are to walk closely with God, we need to adhere closely to His Word, and to know what it says.

An excellent article - really food for thought!

Dirtdartwife said...

Satan doesn't like you very much right now. You're shining a light on his tricks and deceit.

This fake compassion is what makes many people stumble. No one wants to appear heartless, but you're right, we have to turn our backs on sin and encourage each other with Christ's love.

Thanks for such a great article!

Anonymous said...

Fake compassion is a societal epidemic -- I run across it all the time in my parish, which is pretty liberal. Thank you for reminding us of the reality of sin, and the price Jesus paid for our redemption.

Fellow chocolate lover from Canada,
Patricia Gonzalez

Sarah said...

I wish I could send you a chocolate bouquet. Awesome!!!!


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