Compassion – 2
During the Chennai rains, something bothered many Christians. Madras has probably some of the biggest churches in India and the near silence of those churches during this season of hardship was, to say the least, baffling. Especially because the churches are getting ready to celebrate the “Season of Joy”.
Especially one church is very active in Social Network, using Twitter and Facebook to spread news about its activities. However, the church is also notorious for not being involved even in the matters of its own church members. Because as they say, their job is to spread the Word and nothing else.
But, I thought, this time, it is different. It is a disaster in an unprecedented scale. It is declared a national disaster with nearly 10 million people affected directly. As I followed their Twitter and Facebook accounts, I saw something so cold, it gave me shivers.
The rain and the flood were mentioned only twice in their account. The first one was on December 1st, when they had a record rain which broke the highest rain fall the city had ever had well over a century ago. In that, it was mentioned that the Tuesday service is cancelled because of the rain. That’s all. The worst part was there were some “Christian” souls who felt very disappointed that the service was cancelled as they were planning to catch the service online – when an entire city is flooded, they were disappointed for not able to watching a sermon, sitting in the comforts of their homes abroad. Welcome to this new form of idolatry.
The next mention was on December 5th, Saturday night.
There was no mention of the victims of the flood. Because most of its members live in those affected areas and are affected directly. But their response is… we are here to preach the WORD.
Hmmmm, then I opened the Bible and saw something very contrasting. I saw Matthew 9:36. Where it says Jesus Christ had compassion on seeing the multitude. Compassion. Sad that those who call themselves as Christians do not follow the example set by our Lord and Saviour. We may do many things for Christ, but if we do not have love, we are nothing (1 Cor. 13:2).