Mark 3:1-6, And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. 2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. 3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. 4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. 5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. 6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
Even a casual reading of the four Gospels, the Book of Acts, along with much of early Christian history will clearly reveal that Christ and the early Christians seldom, if ever, said, “NO,” when it came to helping the poor, the needy, the marginalized, the hurting, and the helpless.
While Jesus and those early Christians were often criticized and persecuted, especially by the religious elite, they were never criticized or persecuted for a lack of compassion for the hurting. NEVER!
So, here’s the question: How about us today?
Unfortunately, I am afraid this is one of the biggest criticisms of many of us today: NO COMPASSION for the hurting and the helpless, especially if it crimps our style, affects our comfort and convenience!
In fact, many, if not most, Christians have remained strangely indifferent to the human suffering around them!