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WEEK TWO: Compassion

Caring for the weak is seen as a fundamental virtue in life today—in healthcare, at the workplace, on the playground. There's no naturalistic argument for compassion that makes much sense, so how did we all come to value this? What can Christians uniquely offer in this conversation?

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“The Lord is gracious and righteous;
   our God is full of compassion.”

 

Psalm 116:5

PRACTICE.

Read, watch, or listen to a piece of media that speaks about the value of compassion. It can be a song, movie, article, news clip, book, television show, podcast or social media thread. Think about what you just engaged with:

 

  • What can you affirm as a Christian?

  • Does the message fall short in any way? 

  • What else did you notice? 

 

MORE.

  • Read: The Destroyer of Gods, Larry Hurtado

  • Join: Look for an organization that seeks to show compassion toward other people. See where you can partner or volunteer with their work. Be intentional about forming connections with other volunteers who are passionate about this common value. 

  • Watch: Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018), dir. Morgan Neville. How did Mr. Rogers uniquely model compassion through his television work? 

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