Campaigns of Compassion

Who are we fighting for and how are we fighting?

Benaiah Lohnes

3 May 2021

Rosa Parks, a personal hero of mine, lived a hard life, and on the day when she sat down and was demanded to move, her life got harder. But rather than resignedly sighing and giving in, she turned her stubborn eyes to her assailant. There was a glint of steeled determination in her eyes. She was determined to fight. Her resolve earned her prison. Her resolve earned her hardship. It earned her the additional resolve of her fellow countrymen. It earned her a campaign.

We, like Rosa, battle for our cause, and yet our causes, while separated by the span of time, are crucially similar. She battled for freedom. We battle for life. Both of us battle for that which is right. But as we battle, as we rally round our standard, we must determine two things; these things will shape our futures. All who battle fight for someone. Who are we fighting for? And perhaps more importantly, how are we fighting?

We fight for justice. We fight for understanding. We fight for life. We fight for the unknown, those who were exterminated before they were given a chance to be known. But truly, I think we fight for the mothers. For intrinsically, I believe that the one harmed more, rather than the innocent, is the guilty. For the guilty are not unmarked, they are forever identified by ‘Cain’s Curse’. (See Genesis 4). Their crimes are imprinted upon their personalities. They have to go through life with a wounded and marred conscience. This takes its toll. Cain’s Curse has marked them, and by its aftereffect, they’re torn apart. I believe that by directing our duty towards the mothers, we will truly be fighting abortion, because in the end, it is the mothers who make the decisions. It is the mothers who make the choice. It is the mothers who need compassion. 

Our goal is change, and change is what we’re going to get, yet change cannot be something we rush. Rushed change is something resisted, something abhorred. Our change will be slow, and it will be hard. But with faithful effort steeled with truth, we will prevail.

We fight a revolution; a cultural one. And we must fight with revolutionary techniques. Historically, fighting has been used as a final solution, or, perhaps more aptly, the solution. Google defines the verb fight as, “to take part in a violent struggle involving the exchange of physical blows or the use of weapons” (google.com). And yet, Christ fought and not once did he even glance at a weapon as a means to the final solution; He fought, and ultimately won, with compassion. Gandhi fought but, rather than using guns, weapons were used against him!
He went days without eating to show his devotion to his cause. I encourage us at GreatLife to fight in the same manner; with our words. And not with snide quips, or proclamations of rebellion, but rather with the spoken truth and the truth lived out. I would encourage us as Americans to fight for not just the freedom of self, but freedom for all; a freedom that can be enjoyed by all, by giving all the privilege to enjoy doing what’s right. That freedom won’t be a particular freedom that can only be enjoyed by a certain party or a certain person, but by everyone. These freedoms will not be exhibited by division, but by unity. Not by hatred but by compassion.

    At the end, I must say this; whether we fight for the murderers or the murdered, the wounders or the wounded, the innocent or the guilty, intrinsically it comes down to how we fight and why we fight. At home, at Greatlife, in America, I believe that we must choose to fight, but we must choose to fight as Christ fought the devil, with genuine love and with campaigns of compassion, not judging, but understanding.

Images from: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahatma_Gandhi

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Parks

Campaigns of Compassion

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