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Daily Devotional – October 02

LEGISLATING COMPASSION
In a church I once served there was an individual who spent a great deal of time attending to others’ business.  This individual was worried about what other people gave in the offering and what other people were doing or not doing to serve the church or others.

While Jesus advocated that we have compassion one toward another he never advocated legislating it.   The reason being is that legislated giving is born of obligation or law and never from the heart.  Therefore it is not compassion.

As Christians we have to be careful about dictating to others; whether by word, whether by empowering government, or whether by coercive agency.

It is not our right to force others to give or do.

That is something we should reserve for ourselves.

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

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October 3, 2006 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

4 Comments »

  1. Hi Jack, Actually there are several things “we should reserve for ourselves,” aren’t there? And if we did, the world might be a better place.

    Comment by helenl | October 3, 2006 | Reply

  2. An afterthought: It seems this devotional links to the last one. If we find ourselves easily offended, we are judging! And if we are judging, are we not legislating how others should live? Do I not have enough to do seeing that I am living right?

    Comment by helenl | October 3, 2006 | Reply

  3. Hi Helen!

    Very astute! 🙂

    This is the problem with humanity and Christianity in general is that we live lives concerned with what others are or are not doing. If every Christian would devote as much time to doing what they think others should be doing, then the world would definitely be a better place. Instead, we find ourselves agenda driven–stomp out gay marriage, stop global warming, etc. Its not that we shouldn’t band together to help others–just that we should be hesitant about forcing our morality or religious perspective on others. This happens often, whether it comes from the hardcore fundamentalist or the save-the-whales universalists–its all the same.

    -j

    Comment by Jack | October 3, 2006 | Reply

  4. Ask not what other people are doing to be better people, but what you can do to be a better person. There is no more coming together, there is just carelessly throwing opinions out there- see “The Media/politics”- and setting people up to just pounce on one another. That’s too bad. It fuels animosity and hatred, and really leads us to believe we do not understand one another, that we are so much more different- especially on a geographic basis in this country. I got to know people from all over the country through college, and now through work, and when you get beyond being so opinionated and actually getting to know one another, you may disagree with people, but it is always done gracefully, and with respect.

    Its funny that when we dont know who we are talking about, we get all sorts of fired up.

    Comment by chickenhawk | October 4, 2006 | Reply


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