Let’s Talk Love, Compassion and the Wicked

There are some very bad people in the world and they wield too much control over people’s lives. Why? Because too many good people permit bad people to control the conversation and define the language by which societies define themselves. By accepting tolerance as a virtue and the moral relativism it intentionally fosters, good people naturally assume that it is inappropriate to speak out against behaviors that they believe are detrimental to civil society. “Don’t want to offend anyone, you know!” But when good people fail to offend bad people with a reasonable defense of genuine morality and the terms that support and sustain it, bad people go wild, very wild. One of the terms that “bad people” often misrepresent is compassion. The following discussion on the topic of compassion will offend the sensibilities of some; it also might offend some “good people’s” sensitivities.

Compassion is the ability to place oneself in the circumstance of another and then react on the person’s behalf in a constructive manner (putting yourself in another’s shoes and then helping them to get better shoes—compassion does no harm). Compassion is a measured response to the genuine needs of another! It is not just talk, or feelings, or a way to score political favor. Because it is a virtue derived from divine love, compassion is at its core a selfless response; it is a passionate deed done to alleviate another’s unfavorable or harmful situation. We too often hear politicians throw around the word “compassion” in order to shame their opponents or to suggest that those who do not agree with them are uncaring. There is no compassion without divine love. Compassion never requires or asks for something in return; it is not a reciprocal virtue, e.g., it does not expect your vote in return.  Compassion is a fruit of divine love; it is not the province of the biblically immature or ignorant. Nonetheless, those who are in some manner influenced by divine love can acquire some degree of genuine compassion. The truly wicked, however, cannot express genuine compassionate; generally, compassion for the wicked is nothing more than a tool to an end. It is foolish to expect a healthy seed to germinate and grow on the surface of a rock.

Who are the Wicked?

Think through this challenging passage of Scripture thoughtfully:

There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes (pride), a lying tongue (deceit), hands that shed innocent blood (murder), a heart that devises wicked plans (crime), feet that run rapidly to evil (perversion), a false witness who utters lies (perjury), and one who spreads strife among brothers (divisive) (Proverbs 6:16-19).

For now, just focus on the two underlined abominations. If the life one leads and the policies he creates and promotes are formed for his own or his own group’s personal gain or power, and if the general message he spreads divides people more than it unites people, the Lord’s thoughts are not favorable towards him. In truth, this person is an abomination in the eyes of God, a person He actually hates, which means that He is repulsed, nauseated or sickened not only by this person’s actions but by the person himself.[1] The only reason wicked people survive to live another day is due to God’s love, which restrains His hate or keeps it in check as He works to complete His overall plan for humankind. Hate, when appropriate, always works in association or partnership with love and a healthy dose of compassion. It is important to understand that the opposite of love is not hate; the opposite of love is unrestrained hate. Hate, that is not restrained by love and its many virtues, administers justice rather than retaliation.

As you continue from this point on in the Book of Proverbs, you will quickly discover that all seven of these despicable traits describe people who are classified as “the wicked.” We desperately need to identify the truly wicked among us and we need to stop allowing these people to define our terms (love, hate, compassion, etc.) and tell us how to react to situations and conditions that are abhorrent or appalling. The reaction that makes Judeo-Christian people unique and necessary in the world is that the hatred they legitimately sense or feel is consistent with the mind of God, that is, their hatred is always restrained or conditioned by their God-given abiding love for humankind. A person who is not repulsed by (i.e., hates) the people who commit these seven abominations against the Lord will eventually become guilty of tolerating and even participating in the very evils that suppress or diminish divine influence in this world, as well as in his or her own faith. Please consider that Christians should never be tolerant of any evil, but patient while always working and living in such a manner as to lessen the effects of evil in the world. The wicked want others to tolerate them so that they can go forward unmolested by common sense and the guilt they would otherwise experience. As a believer, be a singularly focused light in the pluralistic darkness; be a voice of truth in the wilderness of relativity; be a mentor for hope in the midst of despair; be a hand that touches rather than one that merely reaches out. Love and compassion are divine behaviors that can only be fully displayed by those who know Christ and His will.

The “Compassion” of the Wicked

Toleration of the wicked is what allows secularists, socialists and progressives to lure Christians into thinking that the wicked can have compassion for their fellow human beings. Think carefully through this remarkably clear passage of Scripture:

A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast (i.e., those animals who serve him as laborers in the fields), but the compassion of the wicked is cruel (Proverbs 12:10).

The compassion of the wicked is not even able to express gratitude to the beasts that serve them, much less for fellow human beings. Like the common beast of burden, human beings (the poor, uneducated and disadvantaged) are tools to be used for the advancement of their ideas, which intrinsically and inevitably are bound to the wicked’s lust for power. The point is simply this: wickedness is antithetical or hostile to compassion, that is, they are incompatible or mutually exclusive. The wicked are not capable of genuine compassion. DON’T BE FOOLED! Many “compassionate acts” are merely manipulative tools for captivating the naïve and manipulating the ignorant or uninformed.

When you think through the two activities of the wicked we discussed above (devising criminal plans and spreading strife with divisiveness), does anyone or any group of people come to mind? Probably! Did anyone devise a plan to encourage people to walk from Central America to the United States and receive amnesty and citizenship? Yes! Was this plan for the good of the people or for the good of those who devised and set the plan in motion? Answer: for the good of the divisors of the plan! Did anyone suggest that those who were opposed to processing illegal immigrants into the country lacked compassion or had no regard for the welfare of children? Yes, most certainly! Did anyone suggest that this lack of concern was tantamount to hatred? Yes! Have any of these people addressed the horrors that this self-promoting policy has had on the illegal immigrants? No! They diminish, cover-up or deny the data. Have they admitted to being culpable for the diseases these travelers have obtained? No! Have they addressed the threat these illnesses pose to their fellow travelers and to law-abiding American citizens? Not with any real concern! Does the sexual abuse of these migrants or their deaths by murder and starvation cause the divisors of their plan to reconsider the plan’s value? NO! Does the threat posed by Mexican gangs and cartels crossing the southern border of the United States cause them any pause whatsoever? No! Does their knowledge that other migrants crossing the border have links to terrorist countries, such as Syria and others, alter their plans? No! Have any of the supporters of this plan recommended reconnecting the children with their parents in Central America? No! Could the present economic struggle in this country and its associated joblessness influence a delay in their amnesty plans? No, they deny the joblessness and rave about the “growing economy” even though it did not exist in the Obama era. Have they considered the work of feeding and caring for these people, until they can be safely returned to their homes of origin, to be compassionate? Of course not! Why? Because the wicked are by nature cruel, not compassionate. They are a humanistic ideological community that despises those who reject their push for a one-world utopia governed by the “smartest” among the people. In their minds, not even God has authority to interfere with their plans, but in their minds, He doesn’t exist or want to get involved.

From the perspective of self-serving politicians, the reality is as follows: anyone who does not support amnesty for illegal immigrants is without compassion, divisive and hateful. The actual and shameful character of these wicked leaders is projected upon those who are truly compassionate, non-divisive, loving and law-abiding. This willful, deceitful and cruel strategy is the epitome of wickedness and it is viral amongst our politicians, both Democrats and Republicans (non-conservative). Why is this the case? Because the Democratic Party, as well as many in the Republican establishment, have made it clear that they prefer a humanistic foundation in the place of one that is divine. “Man knows best” is their mantra, which in practice simply means that the elites know best. This arrogant mindset not only works out badly for the poor and disadvantaged, it exponentially expands the Democrat voter base. Hence, the reason to encourage more of the poor and disadvantaged to come to the United States is to serve the selfish ends of these elite “masterminds.” Anytime the God of Scripture is ignored or removed from the public and private lives of a people, wickedness naturally and quickly fills the void where righteousness once held an effective and welcomed place. Compassion, which was real and effective in curtailing genuine suffering in the United States and abroad for over two centuries, is now turned on its head and used to disguise the cruel intentions of a wicked elite in academia and government.

Love, Religion and Politics

People have sadly and unfortunately fallen prey to the absurd conviction that they “should never engage in conversations regarding religion or politics.” My dear reader, everything of real value is connected to religion and politics. If you get them right, you establish, improve and maintain a nation like the United States; if you get them wrong, well, look around you. The consequence of getting them wrong is everywhere to witness. If the people of God continue to willfully, or through ignorance, isolate themselves from the political forum and ignore the importance of the religious Judeo-Christian founding of this nation, they, along with the wicked to whom they have relinquished power and influence, will be collaborators in the demoralizing poverty and oppression that will certainly come to our shores and cripple the United States. The people of God are to be the ethical and moral reflection and influence of God in the world. This is indisputable! Silence, among those who have been blessed with absolute truth, reflects an absence of love for God and for humankind. This fact may be hard to hear and accept; nonetheless, it is true. The Judeo-Christian influence in Mosul, Iraq is now extinguished by force; will the God-given gift of His presence also be extinguished in the United States by fear disguised in tolerance? God forbid! Tolerance of evil in all its forms, as outlined in Proverbs 6, does not produce compassion; it permits all manner of cruelty. The inconvenient truth for many is that compassion is a virtue not of the wicked, but of the righteous.

The other stroke of “genius,” devised by President Lyndon Johnson and the Progressives, is using “compassion” to convince the American people to support the Black population through welfare. Let’s provide subsidized housing (this transformed into the projects); let’s give them food stamps to subsidize their food costs (this takes away the impetus to work); let’s give the mothers of newborns funding to support their children. If they get married, the subsidy goes away. What happens? Sex outside of marriage increases and more children in the Black community are fatherless. These fatherless children do not receive the discipline that family provides and the neighborhoods turn into war zones. Basically, the strength and freedom that comes from growing up in a stable family environment are lost and dependence on government is institutionalized.  And who is at fault for this disaster? The “uncompassionate,” of course—the people who don’t want to throw more money at the problem and the citizens who believe in traditional family. This disastrous strategy, designed by liberal progressives, is called compassion when in reality, it is a policy designed to keep the Black community subjugated and firmly kept in the Democrat voting-block. It has been a great success if the entrapment of subservient voters can be called an act of compassion. NOT!

Conclusion

The lesson to be learned from this talk is to understand fully that people who deny God or live without the influence of Judeo-Christian principles cannot be compassionate; it is not natural or consistent with their state of mind or philosophy. The history of the world is filled with the horrible results from good intentions; however, good intentions are not synonymous with divine compassion and too often end in social disasters.

God’s gift of love to the world is His presence, which was immortalized in the Word of God and in the incarnation, death and resurrection of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this, all men will know that you are my disciples if you have love one for another (John 13:34-35).

To love is to love one another as Christ loved us; it is reflected in the believer’s knowledge of God and his or her desire to make Him known to others, to believers and unbelievers alike. Love, and the compassion that flows from it, has no equal; it the foremost among virtues and is, therefore, the indispensable virtue.

 

[1] I realize that such remarks sound harsh, even radical in our politically-correct society. For too long, those who stand for moral absolutes have, for the most part, been successfully shamed into silence, and been socially programmed, by means of the false virtue of tolerance, to reject hate as evil though it is not evil when controlled by love. In reality, the progressive programmers are the real intolerant moralists who become the actual haters who silence people by any means necessary, to include all the means described in Proverbs 6:16-19.

 

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