Christians are about as compassionate as a box of molten lava, which is like a box of rocks, only burniery. Here’s a typical, albeit completely made up, scenario:
BOB: I got laid off from work. This was a horrible time, we have medical bills to pay.
CHRISTIAN JOE: Pray man, you have to pray. God will provide.
BOB: Yeah, I’m just worried because our son has to go back in for more surgery next month.
CJ: Cast your cares upon Him. He’s the great physician.
BOB: I know, but the lesser physicians charge a lot of money and without my job I don’t have insurance.
CJ: Well brother, God uses these times to test our faith, to make us stronger.
BOB: It’s tough though, you know? Wanting to provide for your kids and not being able to. It’s tough.
CJ: I know this place in Colorado that provides cheap health care to people. You should check them out.
BOB: Do they do brain surgeries for free?
CJ: Not sure. But I know this guy that had a broken finger and they fixed him right up. Only cost $50. You should call them.
BOB: I’m worried about all this. What am I going to do?
CJ: Just pray. Pray and spend time in the Word. Quit worrying that shows lack of faith.
I could go on. You know the scoop and you know I’m not making stuff up. We’re so quick with advice, magic cures, superstitious Jesus will put you on a magic carpet ride to happiness with Disneyland afterwards.
Life is rough. Chrsitians, in general, don’t want to hear about it. If you want to whine, don’t go to them. They don’t want to be brought down man, they’re living high on Jesus.
In the end, this is American churchianity I’m discussing, not true Chrsitianity. American Christians deny reality, living in a pain free bubble of happy thoughts. They barely even listened to your concern before they spewed forth their advice and pandering verses.
Oh Christians, be like your Savior. A Savior who listens, feels compassion, is moved with compassion to help. What good is it to pray or give advice if you don’t do anything?
Herein lies the problem: American Christianity is about being not doing. We talk. We advise. We pander. We lecture. The Lord does the doing, not me, shut up and go to Him. Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares.
Love is patient, love is kind. Try it sometime.