Compassionate Discernment


Many of us have heard of the tyranny of the weak. I define the weak not as those who have intellectual or physical shortcomings that they themselves work through, or seek help in working through, so they can make their way to a better life.

Rather, I define this tyranny as those who believe steadfastly that the rest of us need to carry them physically, emotionally , financially, or any other way that, if they put forth the effort themselves- any effort- they could achieve. The goal is to achieve, eventually, without assistance.

America , it seems to me, stopped being a society of those who, as a way of life, provided for themselves and for their neighbors generations ago. The reasons are so complex we now have social sciences to help us discern the reasons for this sorry state of affairs. We have now competing ideologies with no discernment involved whatsoever. Politics of isolation, confrontation and an absence of honorable compromise for the benefit of the whole.

I look to Christian principles in scripture for true, balanced and faithful leadership characteristics. I don’t see them in leaders today very often. For discernment I often look to the Proverbs for guidance.

Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
   Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
 Esteem her, and she will exalt you;
   embrace her, and she will honor you.
 She will set a garland of grace on your head
   and present you with a crown of splendor. Proverbs 4:7-9

I love how Solomon refers to wisdom as “she”.  Most of the stabilizing influences in my life have been women, my wife particularly, but others as well.

Back to the tyranny of the weak and compassionate discernment. We are  a bankrupt nation so many times over that we can no longer meet our constitutional obligations of national defense and self determination as a free land which our forefathers intended 236 years ago.

We as a whole have abandoned a loving God who permitted our prosperity and lifted us from the evils of slavery, civil wars (armed and otherwise), constitutional crises of many kinds and poor, unwise leadership at many times, but more frequently in recent decades-much to our peril.

The tyranny we most often pay for are for those who,  with the right upbringing, support, a sense of Godliness and what it means to live wisely in this life, could have successfully avoided  the consequences of what we pay for now: welfare programs, unnecessary benefits to those who constantly demand more and at someone else’s expense.

One can never err in showing compassion but there is a stark difference in blind compassion and compassionate discernment for those who take advantage too often, for too long, and with nothing given in return.

I want that crown of splendor and I would like my leaders to wear that crown, too. Compassionate discernment would be an excellent start. Life has limits, compassion has limits too, but common good can be achieved where everyone improves, even excels, in life and no one, except the truly weak and helpless, get the help they really need.

God is love. This love is defined perfectly by what He showed us in His only Son, Jesus Christ. We should all love God and love others. This is His main commandment.  Here’s His definition:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.   Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I really would love to hear from you, dear reader, if you have a modern example of anyone doing any of these things as a matter of practice and not merely a special circumstance. Take a look at your elected leaders and take stock of them, your superiors at work, and yourselves to seek this standard out.

God bless you and good luck!

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