Christian compassion; It is supposed to be the image of, and representative of the compassion of Christ himself. But is it? You be the Judge. Today; Oct 9th, 2013 at a soup kitchen for the poor, operated by a world renowned Christian organization in North Western Pennsylvania, this theory was put to the test.
Here is the story, it is true. Read it, think about it, then decide; is this representative of the compassion of Christ?
An employee of the Christian organization which operates the soup kitchen walks into the dining hall. A poor man of the community who is there waiting to get a bite to eat sees the employee walk in dressed in full organization uniform; a huge smile comes across his face. “Good Morning” says the man to the employee. Smiling back the employee says “Good morning and how are you doing this morning”. Still smiling; the man replies “I am doing fine; I have no complaints”. As the employee walked away, and thinking no one would hear; she grumbled “No one would care if you did”.
Someone did hear though; everyone at the table where this man was; heard the employees comment; including the friendly man with the big smile, and the cheerful voice. They all watched with sadness, then anger at the employee as the friendly man with the big smile, and cheerful voice looked around the room embarrassed, his big smile melted, and he sat down speechless and broken hearted at his table to wait to eat.
This man did nothing wrong; he came only to get something to eat, and maybe a little friendly socialization. He was greeted with a dishonest smile and contempt. He sought nourishment and friendship and received instead phony compassion and sharp poisonous words.
You have read the story, you have the facts. Now you are the judge; what is your judgment. Did this employee’s actions and/or words represent the compassion of Christ? Did the employee respond as Christ would have responded? If you claim to be Christian; do this employee’s actions/words represent you and how you would have responded to this man?