The Lost Christian Art of Giving a Damn

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35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  Matthew 9:35-38

Compassion.

That’s how Jesus responded to the crowds.

When he looked at the multitudes before him; across the weighty parade of pain, and need, and sadness that he came face to face with as he moved through the world, this was his default response.

Jesus was, as the word’s original meaning denotes, moved in his bowels by the plight of others; compelled to step into that messy, uncomfortable place with real, tangible, redemptive love. In today’s Christianity, that kind of response is looking more and more like a lost art.

I’m worried about we who call ourselves followers of Jesus these days.

I’m afraid we’ve lost something precious.

I think we’ve grown weary in the polarized, politicalized world of social media. We’ve become so accustomed to defending theological positions and winning online arguments and fighting cultural battles that our hearts have become dangerously calloused over time, largely oblivious to flesh-and-blood woundedness in our path.

We’ve stopped seeing people, (especially those we disagree with or who disagree with us), with the kind of softness and compassion that should mark us as followers of Jesus; the deep empathy that comprises a clear calling upon our lives.

Christians, as much as we want to claim otherwise, the hard truth is that quite often we really don’t give a damn about people anymore.

We may feign some generic concern others, content to fire off half-hearted prayers or cut-and-pasted Scripture sound bytes. We might invest the briefest moments to attend to another’s needs if we can do so without sacrificing too much time or convenience but if we’re honest with ourselves, we so often see those who are different or in want or in crisis, not with compassion but with contempt or perhaps worse; indifference.

The fruit of our shared apathy is pretty easy to spot.

I see it when Christians dismiss all people living in poverty as lazy. That’s easier than learning their stories and truly considering the suffering they’ve experienced along the way.

I see it when they blame every addict for their horrible circumstances. That’s far less time-consuming and complex than walking alongside them in the long, meandering road to sobriety.

I see it when they go on and on about the “sinfulness” of people whose lives don’t look like they believe they should look. It allows them to conveniently paint people as morally bankrupt villains or to merely write them-off as “lost” and ignore them.

I see it in my own fatigue in the face of other people’s pain; my hesitation at really extending myself for someone else, beyond what I deem comfortable or reasonable.

These were never Jesus’ responses to the wounds of the world.

People often ask me what I think Hell would be like, and I tell them it will look a lot like the Comment section of blog posts. That’s a place where evil often takes center stage.

That’s where a Christian’s motives are so often revealed.
That’s the place where our true hearts are exposed; the ones we can keep covered-up for an hour on Sunday.
In those protected, seemingly anonymous spaces the eyes through which we really see people become crystal clear.
There, our theology is laid-open and shown for what it is, not as we’d like others to think it is.

Here and in our daily response to flawed, hurting, abrasive people, we learn the truth about ourselves and about our faith—and much of the time it’s pretty darn ugly.

Christian, does your heart truly ache for the poor, the hurting, the wounded, the weary, the left-out, the unloved; those on the fringes, those with great burdens, those whose roads have led to dead ends and deep valleys?

Is compassion your gut’s default setting as you look upon the crowds?

When the rubber the meets the jacked-up road, are you ever moved in your bowels by the pain in your path and then moved to move into that pain until it’s gone?

I’m not sure we can ever reflect the heart the Jesus, while we hold hatred or disregard for any of his people. I don’t know if we can retrain our eyes to see with the kind of tender-hearted mercy that marked the world two thousand years ago but it’s a mandatory pursuit if we’re to dare and wear the name of Christ.

If you’re a Christian and you want to know if you’re really living like Jesus, a great way to start is to simply take a good look around at the crowds; those where you walk and drive and shop and click, and then ask yourself, “Do I give a damn?”

 

 

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  1. I live in downtown Seattle. I see very few people who look like the man in the photo sitting on the steps. But what I do see are twenty somethings sitting all over, often in groups, with signs with clever things written on them trying to get the rest of us to support them.

    I’ve worked since I was 16. I now live on a small amount of money from a Social Security disability income. I try to help folks who look like the man in the photo and I am help in the social services oriented outreach programs of my church which is very involved in the gretaer community. I care, but I really don’t know what to do about this large population of young adults who don’t want to work, but would rather sit around all day strumming guitars, playing flutes, drumming on 5 gallon buckets while laughing and joking, with the men making cat calls to the women who walk by and waiting for a handout.

    • See them as human beings made in the image of God and love them. We often judge people from the ledge of perfection we are sitting on.

  2. Great post John—absolutely right. Thanks for standing up for Matthew 25: 31-46. You were brave and true to Jesus in doing so. The Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals will arrive here soon to crucify you. Fear not. This is what happens to those who stand up for Jesus.

    • Dover1952: I am a conservative evangelical Christian, and I shamefully recognize that my active service to those in need is sadly lacking….I am not in the least bit interested in “crucifying” this author for pointing out my, and possibly your own, failure in our world today….your parting shot was quite a broad generalization, a sweeping judgement of those you evidently know not,,,,maybe that is something you could work on!
      To the author: thank you for jarring me loose from my stupor…..

      • Thank you for this. I am not an evangelical, conservative, fundamentalist Christian (heck, I even wonder if I am “Christian” at all), and I love the way that you modeled the behavior that you wish to see from others, even those who do not share your type and brand of faith. I have been guilty of broad-brushing, due to my own experience and pain in the Church, and am working through ways to not get triggered by overzealous folks on “both sides” of the Church. May we all be One.

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  4. I want to say that I have recently met people who love Jesus and who care deeply for others. I say this, because I have experienced the pain of feeling like an outcast from the church, but they have welcomed me into their midst without judging me, and in my opinion they have followed the example of Jesus. I am re-discovering (perhaps for the first time in my life, discovering) the love of God for myself, and it is a radical kind of love, because it is totally unconditional and freely given. Too often the church has been seen to put up barriers or hurdles for those who are perceived to be not “of us”. If the gospel is not good news for everyone then it is worth nothing! “For God so loved THE WORLD that he gave his only Son……”

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  6. Reblogged this on Sacred Struggler and commented:
    “I see it in my own fatigue in the face of other people’s pain; my hesitation at really extending myself for someone else, beyond what I deem comfortable or reasonable.” Me too. At least we see it, that’s got to be our start to changing it!!

  7. Have mercy on us.

    Is it not that we feel helpless? If a Christian can really make a difference in another’s life, s/he will feel joy. There are some, perhaps, who will not, who only care about defending their beliefs in the Rapture or the evil of homosexuality or whatever, but most will seek out such experiences. The problem is that we do not see what good we can do.

    This week I heard a man in pain, and I gave sympathy and the concrete advice he was looking for. He gained from it, and I gained from it.

  8. John, I am moved by your writing because it strikes a resonant chord in me. Thank you for your insight.

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  9. Do you realize that by your comments out of love you are placing yourself in their position? I am not sure what type of christian are around you, but the many christians I know they don’t live their lives as you stated in your blog. What you are creating is division, and division is never from God, division is from satan, is a evil spirit that he uses to bring confusion into the peoples minds to do his work. Are you looking for fame? Are you looking to seeing in the world? I believe that is not the way to do it. I would like to ask you how many times a month do you visit the homes where the elderly live alone that many have no one to go and see them. How many times a month do you visit homes where there are many people laying on the bed and in wheel chair that also no one go to see them? Have you adopted any orphan? I believe this is how we show that we are christians, this is the religion that God require of us as is written in the Book of James 1:27 Perhaps if you change your heart you can influence those that you talk about. Don’t you know that many times people do things because they have not been introduce to the Truth, because the Word has not been revealed to them, because of their heart been so sick with unforgiveness, rejection, with generational cures that they don’t know how to get free from them? We are messenger of peace John Pavlotiz and wherever our feet stand we should bring peace. May you find the Jesus that I found, the One that change my heart forever!

  10. Yes, yes, yes and Amen. Absolutely! (And out of curiosity, have you ever read ‘Not a Fan’ by Kyle Idleman? If not, you may enjoy it.) 🙂

    Love this post! Sunday only Christianity breaks my heart.

  11. Reblogged this on Viking Juice and commented:
    Great article! Why are we afraid to feel? Afraid to hurt? Behause it hurts?
    We have to go through things and not around them, or ignore them, and we need to go through things with people. it’s hard and it hurts sometimes, but you grow in those seasons. The bad stuff is squeezed out of you, and as you come out the other side, you’ll have gained wisdom, gotten closer to the heart of Jesus and stronger in Him.
    I hope I have the guts to put these words into action.

  12. I’ve been feeling depressed for this very same reason. I stooped attending church because I think it’s a waste to sit there for an hour and be smug I’m saved. What am I doing to help the world? What is the church doing? When I was young I joined causes but now I don’t know where to start. Any suggestions on where to volunteer my gifts?

  13. Not an hour on Sunday, but everyday.
    Not the part that we keep hidden.
    What is our reaction, daily, to what surrounds us?

    John Pavlovitz’s blog post poses the question – do we truly want what Brandon Heath’s song, GIVE ME YOUR EYES describes….

    Give me your eyes for just one second
    Give me your eyes so I can see
    Everything that I keep missing
    Give me your love for humanity
    Give me your arms for the broken hearted
    The ones that are far beyond my reach
    Give me you heart for the ones forgotten
    Give me your eyes so I can see

    Or are we happy with just giving it lip service?

    I can testify from firsthand experience this is part of his DNA. My daughter was raised in the youth group where he was the leader. God’s calling (first and foremost ) and the influence of this man’s passion for “the least of these” is a large part of how she sees the world today. John stretched the youth beyond the areas of their comfort. Through Spring Breakthrough, prayer walks, sending car loads of youth and parents into the streets of Charlotte with an envelope of money that “could not just be given away”, and many other things over many, many years that will forever remain tattooed on the soul. These were not just exercises… they were life changing lessons… ones that change teens, parents, families, churches, communities, and the WORLD.

    Please don’t just give this lip service…. Ask God to give you HIS eyes, and act upon what you… now… see.

  14. I think the following article shows an example of what John said:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-mason/when-ebola-comes-to-church_b_5971124.html

    My betting money says Norma Thomas would have changed churches and avoided all contact with Mr. Duncan’s fiance to save her own skin. Norma, “You will deny me three times.”

    Jesus said: “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his own life for his friends.”

    This is why Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals run from the real Jesus. His New Testament sayings require selflessness and sacrifice of ego. The word “LOVE” is at the center of what He requires. This is very difficult for so-called “Christian” religious traditions that emphasize hatred of your fellow man, social separation from your fellow man, and focusing on an impossible holiness in this life to preserve your own skin (selfishness).

    I hope Jesus will allow me to be present as a comfortable spectator when he throws the Independent Fundamental Baptist Church and Southern Baptist Convention into the Lake of Fire.

    • Dover, in reading your comments, it sounds like you have some very fresh wounds and some axes to grind with other types and brands of Christians. I was also attacked gracelessly and mercilessly by these same people, and carried a lot of resentment and a 40 ton chip on my shoulder for many years. Still do, to some degree, and am working out the anxieties when I choose to come into contact with them. It may be more important to community as a whole to sit down with people who vote differently from us, think differently from us, look differently from us, with the purpose of understanding their view, rather than to ambush them with what we may believe is “correct” and “meet and right so to do.”

      • I did not grow up in a fundie church. My exposure to these people I criticize so much came from three places:

        1) Learning about them in the context of the Kitzmiller vs. Dover trial in Dover, Pennsylvania. (Success)

        2) Working against the Kansas State School Board to kick the fundies off the board. (Success)

        3) Fighting long and hard against the fundie-dominated Texas State Board of education. (Success).

        During those processes, I encountered numerous fundies, exchanged thoughts with them, and got to know them well. Their own beliefs and behaviors are what I base my criticisms on. In particular, I remember one fundie who enjoyed describing all nonfundie Christians as “worms.” Apparently, they could become humans only by becoming fundies.

        I have studied fundie beliefs and fundie people for about 20+ years. I suspect that I know about as much about them as you do about your own patients and the field of clinical psychology. While people are different individually, the thing you have to understand is that fundies all believe in basically the same things. It is not like what you encounter in a United Methodist Church where you have a broad spectrum of personally held beliefs that may or may not agree with the formal denominational line beliefs. Fundie pastors ride herd on their members and emphasize the importance of total conformity just like in a religious cult.

        • I don’t “have to understand is that fundies all believe in basically the same things” because it isn’t true. That is a blanket statement and historically has been at the root of many problems for many traditions. Broad-brushing an entire group of people is what led to the Holocaust. While I may not agree with fundamentalist (not “fundie”) viewpoints on some things, I still believe that it is my responsibility to model kindness and function as a liaison between groups that would not normally sit at the table together, and provide a safe space for conflict resolution, and not stir the pot by mudslinging, calling names and pointing fingers.

          • Wonderful. You do your thing. I’ll do my thing. The term “fundie” is a commonly used short form to avoid the numerous key strokes necessary to write it out in full, which can become tedious if one has to write it out numerous times. I would also kindly remind you that John’s blog is not your office, it is not Freud’s couch, and no one here has hired you as a mediator between two groups. We are having a discussion here—not a union negotiating session to achieve understanding and come to some mutual agreement.

  15. Hell would be a lot like the comment section of a blog post. Spot on. The comment section on my blog actually was a literal hell for me for months. I never saw it coming. Never in my wildest dreams when I started a Christian blog geared towards Christian women would I have guessed I would have been treated that way by other Christians (and some atheists) even if they disagreed. I ended up having a miscarriage from the stress of the comment section of my blog. I was so naive. Luckily, there WERE those who gave a damn for me and spent their time trying to counteract the harm these others were doing in my life by pouring good into me. There are good and there are bad. I thank God for them and pray that because they give a damn to someone that person will then go on and do the same for someone else!

  16. I read your article about the possibility of having a gay child…. We have multiple gays in our family and I find it quite hard at times to deal with the sinner and hate the sin…. How do you show such grace but yet also remind someone that it is a sin? I struggle with this very much….

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11 clearly states that “none of these will inherit the kingdom of God” and it also includes things like adultery, drunks, greedy, abusers, cheats, etc….

    My questions is we would never encourage or say it’s “OK” to our children to be abusive, liars, cheaters, worship idols, drunkards, greedy, etc…. but people seem to leave out those who “practice homosexuality”… in fact, now some are encouraging others that its OK to practice homosexuality

    I understanding not judging but I would never encourage or accept that my child is a thief, drunk, abuser of others, liar, cheater, greedy….. so why accept the homosexuality?

    If one believes the BIBLE is God’s words then my only criticism is a person can’t pick and choose what phrases we accept and what phrases we don’t accept as God’s word.

    • Anthony, I will contend that the verses you cited do not and have not referred to people born gay, or to those seeking monogamous, lifelong relationships. It dealt with a specific sex act; behavior that was specific to the culture and times.

      There’s simply no concept in Scripture that someone born with a different impulse for affection, love, and intimacy is inherently sinful, because the writers of the Bible would not have understood that concept.

      Regarding your questions, if you can equate someone who murders, or lies, or abuses another person; with someone’s expression of love toward another reciprocating human being, good for you. I don’t have peace with that as a believer.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      • You obviously missed the point…. It’s not me who equates… It’s the Bible. You’re lack of over acceptance of God’s whole Word in this Scripture says more about you than you trying to turn it on me by just reciting it back to you.

        It clearly says “those who practice homosexuality” and it’s next to words like abusive, cheaters, adultery, murder.

        You seem to want to separate it by saying a “love toward another reciprocating person” as if that somehow changes Scripture.

        You had me considering your opinion for a bit until you tried to separate a sin from a sin. God’s Word clearly and numerously states that a sin is a sin and you try and then put value on certain sin as murder vs stealing vs homosexual acts. Sorry, but that’s not Biblical.

        • I think your understanding of the Scriptures is limited regarding the word homosexuality, and your “letter of the Law” approach for the few lines that reference it set you up for some very challenging decisions.

          9 “‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head. 10 “‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death. Leviticus 20:9-10

          These are “Biblical” words too. Yet I’m fairly certain you wouldn’t champion those ideas. I think we need to look very carefully at how we use Scripture, and how we decide what things are reflections of the time and culture, and can be discarded, and what things we’ll hold tightly to.

          The word “Biblical” is a really tough word to use as a blanket statement or justification.

          Thanks for the replies.

      • Thank you for referring to the Old Test Book of Leviticus because it calls homosexuality “detestable by God” then is mentioned again in the New Testament as a sin that would keep one from the Kingdom of God.

        You’re making my point for me because if you can find me a verse in the New Test that reconfirms your Leviticus references then I’m all ears.

        Homosexuality is specifically discussed in the Old and New Testaments as detestable by God (old test) Leviticus and a sin that will keep one from the kingdom of God (new test) 1 Cor 6:9-11. It is not I that puts homosexual acts with murder, aldutery, abusive, cheats…. It is God’s Word. Please just read all of 1 Cor 6 and you’ll see that there is no difference of sin…. You are the one trying to separate the list of sins and pull one out and say it not only a lessor sin but maybe not a sin at all… That’s simply not Biblical at all

        • Sorry Anthony. You can believe what you want, but “Biblical” is in the eye of the beholder.

          You haven’t done your homework on these verses, but I understand. We disagree. I’m OK with that. I think you’re badly mistaken and ignoring context completely, as well as science, biology and the words of LGBT people themselves, but that’s OK too. You’re free to have the opinion you have. It’s no less and no more valid than anyone’s.

          By the way, not sure how you ended up talking about homosexuality on this blog post.

    • Anthony, that’s one of the problems of only knowing the Bible in an English translation. You rely on the translation and the agenda of the translator(s) instead of knowing what it says in the original language. I submit that what is translated as homosexual doesn’t refer to that at all.

      Yes, it would be confusing for the one positive thing in the list, unconditional love of another human being, is equated with all those bad things. You’ve been mislead.

  17. This is very true. We sometimes neglect the poor, the needy and those who need to be loved. This post though is a real eye opener on how we should treat this people. They are people just like us and we should treat them the same way we do to the rest. Thank you.

  18. John, I wish I could claim that you were not talking about me, but of course you are. I don’t take it as condemnation though, rather as reminder. Even David, the “man after God’s own heart,” needed an occasional reminder. (2 Samuel 11 and following).

    Faith, I think, is not about rules. Rather, about caring, love, and honesty to ones self.

  19. Wow, beautiful post, John.

    And this:

    “We’ve stopped seeing people, (especially those we disagree with or who disagree with us), with the kind of softness and compassion that should mark us as followers of Jesus; the deep empathy that comprises a clear calling upon our lives.”

    Brilliant.

    I hope to always See the heart and marrow of things. Not the tricks my eyes play on heart and soul if I allow.

    With blessings of Sight,
    Dani

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  22. John,,, I have read many of your blogs and I completely agree with so many of your statements. I would challenge all true believers to really study the scriptures that refer to CHRIST saying; we can do nothing apart from him. I totally agree with how so called Christians treat each other in church! I would dare to ask; how many Christians have been taught that without spending precious time with JESUS you cannot and will not be able to defeat your own carnal nature. We are all born with a selfish nature!! JESUS knew that without his SPIRIT filling us up with himself, we would not be able to Love others unconditionally the way he does!! There is a spiritual warfare going on between the spirit and the flesh! As much love that JESUS has given to me personally. I know better than anyone that I cannot produce the fruit of his Spirit without fellowshipping with him daily!! However, I know that JESUS has a plan to heal and restore the true Body of Christ back to true fellowship with him in these last days. The thing that I would say to every person is… It is not about man… IT IS ALL ABOUT JESUS! Man in himself will let you down.. But JESUS is always perfect, and only he can Love perfectly and unconditionally all the time. He never fails! He is always faithful to each of us, even when we are not. We receive power after the HOLY SPIRIT comes upon us to become a witness of JESUS! This is the only true way for sinners or our brothers and sisters in Christ to see JESUS in us!! One of the greatest deliverances that we can experience is to be emptied of ourselves and filled with JESUS ALONE!!!

  23. Great post John. I think we all have become numb to evil in today’s day and age, as it is not vilified on the world’s media stage today, rather sensationalized or worse yet romanticized. Most of us have struggled at one point or another and I agree, compassion and caring for the less fortunate is something that is desperately lacking today, but what stirs me are those that are masking as the less fortunate. The ones who intentionally take advantage of the system, don’t lift a finger and have another child just so they can receive a bigger paycheck. I’m not standing on a soapbox, but these are thoughts I struggle with when it comes to the topic at hand.

  24. Re: “what I think Hell would be like”, Hell could also look like this: spending the holidays in your golden years alone with a store-cooked chicken bemoaning one’s “godless” siblings and “disobedient” adult children.

  25. Pastor,
    A friend of mine gave me yor blog address and totally agree with about passing people and giving a ****. I live Shreveport La and attend a baptist bible believing church. We do a ton of mission work, local and foreign. The thing I would have loved to see in your post was how the destructive nature of sin is causing al ills. Also the only way out of a sinful lifestyle of any kind is the full acceptance of Jusus Christ as your personal savior. Until that happens no change will happen and no one will give a heck. I would hope that your church is a bible believing church and not a all roads lead to heaven you can do it on your own church. Change and compassion, true compassion that you speak if can only happen through Christ. By the way we are all sinners including me so I’m not being holier than thou.

    I know it’s bit picking but using a swear word as a pastor seems suspect to me. I don’t know a single pastor that swears, period.

    God Bless,

    Paul A Schmidt

  26. I don’t want to be a zombie here, but I just found your sight and this article resonated with me so much. We have been Christians for decades, and our 14-yr-old daughter nearly died two years ago from a plural effusion. She was hospitalized for two weeks, and praise God after that time and only one more relapse, she recovered. She was ill for over a month. Not one person visited the hospital. We received one card in the mail and a neighbor took our dog out once for us. We had a long commute to the hospital and were desperate for help with tutoring/sitting our other two children, dog care, meals, store runs, laundry care and more. We were very vocal with our needs, but no one stepped up. We received a lot of “prayer” via social media, and I was told I should be grateful for that. No one offered to help with medical expenses either, which nearly sent us into financial ruin-but God provided. We had always been very generous with helping others (and are even more so now) so we couldn’t understand the lack of support. I became very disillusioned after that, and have tried to see Christian service in my fellow Christians, but sadly I see more genuine service from the world!!!! My eyes were forever opened and I am nauseated at the whole state of the church with regard to what Jesus called, genuine love. Hasn’t anyone read Matthew 7? My husband wants to leave church permanently, and I can’t give him a good reason why not to. Tired of the FB “prayers”……Pearl

    • Pearl,
      All I can tell you is if you lived in Shreveport, La and attended my church you’d a been sick of seeing people coming to visit, also you would have had meals provided daily and a sitter and a dog helper. Broadmore Baptist is my church and we would have given you total support for your daughters illness. We are bible believing church and we are all about serving our members and the community as well. I’m so sorry your church didn’t step up but sometimes the true measure of a church is when adversity rears it ugly, painful head. We’ll be praying for you. Do you still need help with your medical bills?

      In Chris

      Paul Schmidt

    • “Should be grateful for that.” OUCH! Mandated, obligatory gratitude is rarely genuine. I hear you on the whole “world treating you better than the Church” though. Been there. Sounds like you are living the church, and maybe the “world” IS your church. No sin in that, as far as I can tell.

  27. Dear Mr. Schmidt,

    God provided for the medical-but I appreciate the sentiment:). Keep on loving others in your community and church, it is no small thing my friend. It is also exceptionally rare and has the power, I believe, to heal and bring people to The Lord. It is much more effective than theological arguments, LED signs, social media, rock bands, coffee houses, casual dress codes, political agendas, celebrity backing, charm or any other “hip” attempts to win souls. Love, that is genuine, never goes out of style.

  28. OMG!! I love your post! I´ve been following a lot of your posts and this is one that resonates with me so, so much. I’ve personally often thought exactly like you do on this matter, it’s sad to see how some Christians just plain don’t give a tiny rats a** about others. I have seen it when there’s news of someone who happens to be ill, or in any sort of trouble. Most Christians instead of being compassionate of others troubles,sicknesses or any issues, they are judgmental, evil, and not compassionate and loving AT ALL.I may not be perfect, but I always try to have compassion to people in need. Thanks so much for your post. Have a blessed day.

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