But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
When I was younger I drove past one of the churches downtown and to this day I still remember the sign: This is not a haven for saints but a hospital for sinners. Too many times those of us who believe forget what we believe in – the compassion and mercy of Christ.
There is enough hatred, distrust and prejudice in the world already, no need for me to add to it. Our duty is not to hate but to help. I don’t see my duty as converting everyone I can into a mindless drone that does and says all the right things. My job is to show you the vastness beyond the physical world we all live in. A place where conventional thinking is turned on it’s head. Where the more you take the less you have while the more you give the greater you become.
It’s not about riches or power or politics or control, it’s about realizing who we are and why we are here. And it’s about helping others, not yourself.
Too often we get focused on our personal relationship with Christ to the point where that is all we can see. But just as Christ died for all people we need to live for all people. We must try to understand others pains and dreams so we can help them where they are. Not where we want them to be.