I read a lot of leadership articles. In a recent article the author told a story about a third grade class in Iowa. The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was shot, she divided her class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed students. On day one. the blue-eyed children received first class treatment at the expense of the brown-eyed. On day two, she flipped everything, so that those who had been subjugated were now in the privileged class. There is a documentary about this called “A Class Divided”. The reaction of the children is apparently intriguing but in the documentary they track down the students many years later. Almost every student is now an advocate of the civil rights movement. The author goes on to say that compassion can and should be taught. I agree.
1 Corinithians 12:25-26 in The Message: The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.
Yesterday I read an article on public speaking. At the end the author recommended if we wanted to watch a master, and the best public talk he had ever seen, we watch a video (he had a link to follow). The video was inspiring. I recommend you check it out at www.ted.com (search Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice). In the video he said something that changed my perspective. He said, “The opposite of poverty is not wealth — the opposite of poverty is justice.”
It seems to me that injustice is due to a lack of compassion. The Church (you and me) is called to live compassionately. We should be leaders against injustice. In 1 Peter 3:8 we are reminded to: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing. Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, here’s what you do: say nothing evil or hurtful; snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you’re worth. God looks on all this with approval, listening and responding well to what He’s asked; but he turns his back on those who do evil things.
Starting this week focus, and put effort into being compassionate. May the Holy Spirit remind us all with opportunities to be compassionate. Work hard at being a great example of Christ to others this week, and we will slowly change the world, fighting injustice.