You Can Be Compassionate

Courage (Photo credit: Pete Reed)

The most alarming aspect I’ve observed in this Christian culture is what happens when a Christian stands against something popular. The worst backlash isn’t from the secular crowd (though that’s bad enough), but from that person’s own Christian brothers and sisters. They accuse that Christian of being hateful or judgmental, using words that aren’t true of that Christian person or business.

Once Christians were a group reputed to stand for something and now I’ve wondered if some have traded truth in favor of popularity, money or fear? Standing against something popular tends to put you in a bad light. People nowadays define compassion as agreeing with the other person’s choices. The definition of compassion per the dictionary is, “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.”

You can be compassionate while disagreeing with someone. Love doesn’t necessarily agree with everything the person stands for. I have liberal family members and I still love them, but I certainly don’t agree with them. If they struggled with misfortune or whatnot, they would still have my love and compassion though I may not agree with their choices.

So when a Christian stands for biblical truth, let’s clap them on the back for having the courage to speak rather than using words designed to shame and silence them. In this age where everything goes, it’s refreshing to see that kind of courage.

Have you experienced this? How did you deal with it?