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Dan Brewster Child Church Mission Revised-En

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In Marvin Olasky’s important work called The Tragedy of American Compassion, he provides
a useful discussion of the characteristics of true compassion, (or true development) in a
helpful A, B, C sequence:14

Affiliation: True compassion takes place in the context of the family, church, and
community (Genesis 2:18 says that ‚It is not good for the man to be alone‛). The objective of
true compassion is to restore natural affiliation with the immediate family, extended family,
and mediating institutions—church, organizations, and clubs. Disaffiliation occurs when
we hand out food, clothing, or other assistance indiscriminately.

Bonding: True compassion requires a personal connection to the individuals (John 1:14

states that ‚The Word became flesh . . .‛). It is demonstrated in knowing their names and
‚walking in their shoes.‛ (In Compassion International, our sponsorship encourages a kind
of bonding between sponsor and child). This significant relationship is important to the

sponsor and child.

The well-known James Yen poem says it well: ‚Go to the people, live among them, learn
from them, love them. Start with what they know, build on what they have...‛

Categorization: The Bible discriminated between deserving and undeserving poor:

1. Deserving poor: orphans, elderly, incurably ill, accident victims (Zechariah 7:10;
Matthew 19:21).

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Marvin Olasky, The Tragedy of American Compassion (Washington D.C.: Regnery Gateway,
1992), 101-115. Except for ‚Empowerment,‛ all the subtitles from ‚Affiliation‛ to ‚God‛ were taken
from Olasky.

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2. Labouring poor—able and willing to work (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
3. Undeserving poor: intemperate, shiftless, anti-social, criminal (1 Timothy 5:3-8).

Categorization demands the tough love we see in 2 Thessalonians. 3:6-10: ‚ . . . keep away
from every brother who is idle. . . . For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our

example. We were not idle when we were with you. . . . we gave you this rule: ‘If a man will
not work, he shall not eat.’‛

Discernment: Not everyone is deserving of assistance. True compassion sometimes means
we have to say ‚No.‛ Jeremiah 17:9 reminds us that ‚The heart is deceitful above all things .
. . ‛ Well-intentioned and warm-hearted indiscriminate aid breeds dependence and
poverty. Compassion without discernment is foolish compassion.

Empowerment:15 True compassion involves empowerment. Empowerment is providing
education and job opportunities which will lead to restoration of dignity, self-worth, and
independence. Everything we do should have a learning component. To work brings
dignity (Genesis 2:15); ‚I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work. .
. .‛ (Ecclesiastes 3:22). Nothing creates dependency faster than to deny education and work.

Freedom: True compassion requires freedom to become what God wants the child to be.
Olasky says, ‚We are a world of 169 countries, and only about 25 of them have made it
economically. They were able to do so because the citizens (rather than government) had

control of their energy and creativity. It boils down to one word: freedom.‛16

God: True compassion nurtures the spirit as well as the body. As we have already seen,

True compassion springs from the heart of God. ‚. . . the LORD, the compassionate and

gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to
thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin‛ (Exodus 34:6-7). It is said that
people and cultures become like the gods they worship. Truly, a world without Christ is a
world without compassion.

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