You’re not educated.

KeepCalmCompassion

Friends,

There’s this problem. It’s a big problem. It’s a problem that shouldn’t be a problem. But it is. You are lacking education. I am too. We’re all lacking an education that is needed to show Biblical compassion towards those who are disadvantaged. What do I mean by disadvantaged? I mean poor people, homeless people, black people, women. Just to name a few. I know it offends you that their lifestyle is different than yours. But why does it? It shouldn’t. Their life shouldn’t make you angry. Their life should make you want to show kindness towards them.

You know what makes me sad? The fact that when I see someone showing a lack of compassion towards those in need, they’re usually a Christian. The typical Facebook post that I see is somewhere in between being disgustingly racist towards Blacks and being disgustingly mean towards people in poverty.

Do you really, truly believe that taking away welfare which is IN PLACE TO HELP PEOPLE is hurting you so badly that it’s worth it to yank away from those in need? Before you tell me all about the people who take advantage of the system, let me be blunt. You’re lacking an education on this subject. Seeing one person take advantage of the welfare system doesn’t mean everyone is. Some people are bad. But the welfare system is an INCREDIBLE help to so many people.

My advice? Go. Get. Educated. Read stuff. Talk to people. LEARN ABOUT A LIFESTYLE THAT IS DIFFERENT THAN YOURS. Take a completely unbiased look at people who are in far worse shape than you and reevaluate the way you think about them.

I’m not just pulling this out of nowhere. I’m not saying this just because I’m a social work major. I’m saying this because the Bible says to show compassion. Jesus walked with people who were scandalous. Jesus healed the sick and blind. Jesus was the definition of helping people who were less fortunate.

Here’s a little bit of Biblical truth for you.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:29-32 ESV

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT

I don’t know when we became so closed-minded that we refuse to learn about and understand others. I don’t know when “being politically conservative” became more important than being Jesus. Or when the situation someone is in became their own fault.

We need to take a step back and listen, learn, help not judge, condemn, and hate.

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