Comment: selective compassion?

03 May

Have a look at the comments on my David Batstone entry yesterday. Yes, at their worst Christians can be accused of limiting their compassion or of acting with ulterior motives; such attitudes are beautifully and cruelly shafted on Landover Baptist Church (see “Diversions” on the links on the right.) However, neither Batstone nor the people he cites would favour such an approach.

Nor, given the amazingly little we really know about Jesus, would the religion’s founder: he scandalised the respectable and the religious authorities of his own day by taking his compassion beyond the “church” of that time.

See, just one example, The Syrophoenician Woman. (And that links to a rather interesting Baptist sermon!)

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One response to “Comment: selective compassion?

  1. Shirley

    May 3, 2006 at 9:37 am

    Oh, what a story that is. Jesus knew her heart, when he suggested she might be a dog. Her tremendous faith and spirit as she responded has resounded through the ages. A magnificent story.



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