Full of Compassion

Date

Dec 8, 2018

Sermon Series

The only way a community of believers will change is if we have compassion on each other.  When we care for our brothers/sisters with all of our hearts then tongues will be tamed, quarrels will end and fears will be disappear.

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Dear Downers Church Family:

Nine dead, eighteen injured, and almost 180 arrested. This was the result of the May 17, 2015 shootout between the Bandidos and Cossacks biker gangs at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, TX. What was supposed to be a regular meeting discussing the political rights of the gangs, turned into an act of revenge from previous alleged incidents.

Not very shocking, though, considering the reputation of bikers. Bikers have been stereotyped as always in leather, intimidating, full of road rage and usually hanging out at bars drinking lots of beer (obviously ready for a bar fight). That seems about right, unless you actually know a biker.

Recently, I watch a story about a nationwide group of bikers called B.A.C.A. on CBS Evening News. B.A.C.A. stands for Bikers Against Child Abuse. The story was about Karen and her 9-year-old daughter. Karen’s husband was very abusive to Karen and her daughter. The ladies lived in fear in their own house. The man that was to protect them instead put them in fear. Somehow Karen became acquainted with B.A.C.A. and instantly she was overwhelmed with gratitude and relief. Karen now claims that her daughter lives fear-free concerning her abusive dad.

If you “Google” enough, you can read story after story of how this group of bikers use their “intimidation” to eliminate fear from the lives of abused children. Chapter members have attended parole hearings and court proceedings while others have attended children back and forth from school. In at least one instance, a 24-hour surveillance was setup until a child’s stepfather was indicted.

What one will discover is that most of the B.A.C.A. members were abused children sometime in the past. They joined the organization because their hearts break for vulnerable children who are being abused. This organization could be considered a great example of compassion.

The first four and a half chapters of James discuss the challenges the Christian church is facing in the First Century: hypocrisy, gossips and slanderers, and faithless adulterers. But James poses a solution: compassion. This is the practice of his earlier statement of being “doers of the Word, not just hearers” (1:22).

The only way the community of believers will change is if we have compassion on each other. When we care for our brothers/sisters with all of our hearts then tongues will be tamed, quarrels will end and fears will be disappear.

Pastor Kent

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