Evidence of police brutality has spurred thousands of protestors to fill streets and plazas around the world with shouts for reform. Some want to defund the police, others want more sensitivity training, some call for more diversity on the police force, along with other ideas for change that have been surfacing.
When I pray and listen for answers, it seems that the troublesome issue is much deeper and wider than what has surfaced with the police force. Evidences of brutality can be seen throughout many segments of society. In the political arena, accusations, condemnations, and judgements lobbed back and forth between opponents are often ugly and brutal. In marriages headed for divorce court, relations often become brutal. Video games that millions of players absorb without question are filled with brutality. Many movies glorify brutality. Perhaps it’s time for a change in culture? Perhaps it’s a time to embrace more compassion for one another and less hatred and violent thinking that breeds brutality!
God created us to be compassionate creatures, family members of one grand universal family that can work together in love.
It is not our God-given nature to be cruel to one another. That is an alien inclination, a carnal impulse, that has no place in God’s man, woman, and child.
We can learn from Jesus Christ how to treat one another. He left an example of unqualified love to follow. He looked for the good in everyone, and prayed to bring it out for their benefit and for the community they lived in. He treated others with compassion, forgiveness, understanding, and patience.
As our society embraces a culture of compassion over contempt, compassion demonstrated between neighbors will filter out into other corners of our communities and have a positive effect on everyone. Children will be raised with more compassion in their heart toward others, relations in homes will improve, politicians will be kinder to one another, and the police force will find ways to do their job well without resorting to brutality.
Compassion is not a weakness. It is a strength.