Sunday School: a lesson in weakness

Here’s a little classroom exercise for whoever wants to earn extra credit (plus, as an added bonus, the top answer will receive 10,000 interwebz). Compare and contrast the following quotes. You may work in groups.

Compassion is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of civilization. (William Kristoll on NPR’s All Things Considered 10/18/12.)

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Jesus in Matthew 25:40.)
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5 Responses to Sunday School: a lesson in weakness

  1. janehinrichs says:

    True civilization then is the kingdom of God. And when we operate in compassion we are bringing the kingdom of God into our actions… I get the points?

  2. Astamarina says:

    These are not so much compare and contrast as musings and conclusions drawn from the two quotes. May I still have interwebz, though?

    Those who show compassion for “the least” are servants of the King. Civilization works when even “the least” are cared for, which happens when we become servants—we lower ourselves, and that lifts us up: Mark 9:35: those who want to be first must be last and servant of all; and Matthew 23:12: the humble will be exalted. These things go with the first quote, which says compassion is not weakness. Humility is not weakness. Jesus is our perfect example of being a humble servant of all. As servants, we serve both others and our King in one action, as Jesus did. That’s why the civilization can work.

    • Tim says:

      Exactly: Civilization works best when we care for others, and the only reason civilization can work at all is because God is ultimately in charge. May you still have interwebz? Absolutely!

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