Compassion?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Do these “angry” times call for repentance and sorrowful reflection over what has become of our nation and ourselves? Do we need a broken heart when we see the sin that has caused such grief, such terrible persecution?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Christians are being persecuted worldwide. This has become apparent, especially in places like the Middle East and Africa. As Christ predicted, the saints would be persecuted and many would be put to death. Many Christians have had enough and reactive violence is beginning to erupt around the world. Christians are angry and it is no small wonder why. The courts are assailing the symbols of Christianity in nearly every state and groups like the ACLU and the Freedom from Religion Foundation are pushing to wipe out any vestige of Christianity in America. Many Christians are scared and rightfully so. For some American Christians, resolved in anger that this will not happen on their watch, tears of sorrow have turned into fists of rage. But, do these times call for rage or something else?

Here’s a story: Will Rogers was known for his laughter, but he also knew how to weep. One day he was entertaining at the Milton H. Berry Institute in Los Angeles, a hospital that specialized in rehabilitating polio victims and people with broken backs and other extreme physical handicaps. Of course, Rogers had everybody laughing, even patients in really bad condition; but then he suddenly left the platform and went to the rest room. Milton Berry followed him to give him a towel; and when he opened the door, he saw Will Rogers leaning against the wall, sobbing like a child. He closed the door, and in a few minutes, Rogers appeared back on the platform, as jovial as before.

Warren Wiersbe writes: If you want to learn what a person is really like, ask three questions: What makes him laugh? What makes him angry? What makes him weep? These are fairly good tests of character that are especially appropriate for Christian leaders. I hear people saying, “We need angry leaders today!” or “The time has come to practice militant Christianity!” What we need today is not ang