Typical Christian Compassion

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.

5 thoughts on “Typical Christian Compassion”

  1. I’ve run across this kind of thing, too, but I know the real deal is out there as well. For example, to name names, a few years ago when I fell under a lawnmower and cut the end of my foot off, the Pocahontas Church of Christ (average weekly attendance around 75) gave me $1000 cash for medical expenses and $500 worth of bandages. When the congregation I worked for in Virginia became unable to pay my salary a couple of years later, Christians from around the country, some of whom I’d never met in person, helped pay my salary, including a couple in Tennessee who gave me $1000 a month for more than a year.

    For what it’s worth, in my own very limited experience, I’ve found the most real, money-where-your-mouth-is Christian charity from small congregations and individual Christians on the margins of larger congregations (i.e., not the so-called pillars of their churches).

  2. Milton,
    I agree. I have seen great demonstrations of compassion by believers. Unfortunately, I’ve seen a lot more of what I’m addressing here by American Churchianity, and especially by those who seem to be something in their church. However, this is a very broad generalization!

  3. It hurts, but this post is so true. A lot of “Christians” are only about theological nuances. We forget the ENTIRE book of James and teaching that says we are to help a brother who is in need NOT SIMPLY pray for him. So often we forget that being the BODY of Christ we are to physically do for that person what we are able. Sigh…I know that I myself can be blamed for everything that you (and I!) just said.

  4. You didn’t tell us if Bob professed to be a Christian or not. That would make a difference. If he did make such a profession, then his real need was indeed faith, and CJ gave him the right answer (although that wouldn’t mean that CJ shouldn’t give him some other help too).

    Bob did not express one shred of trust in God, nor submission, either.

    It could also have gone like this:

    BOB: Our TV just burned out and now the family has nothing to watch…since I lost my job I can’t afford to buy another one. Life is tough.

    CJ: I was going to tell you to “pray and read the word” but since I read my favorite blog on the Internet I’ve changed my mind and I’m going to give you the money to buy another TV set.

    BOB: Wow, thanks! Now I know that there is a God!

    That would be charity work without the Word, whereas your example was the Word without charity work. Both are harmful.

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