“Jesus Christ Leads us to a Balanced Compassionate and Moral Life” many sound like a particularly grandiose title for a simple blog entry but what I am after here is trying to begin to articulate a very deep need I have for a way of living that engenders compassion and morality. So often, we are faced with decisions that offer two possible paths to an answer a moral path and a compassionate path. The moral path is one chosen according to a list of rules that aim to dictate how we should live our lives. For example, the Biblical Law of Moses offers a path to a set of moral requirements for living according to the will of God. The problem with this is that life is rarely black and white, right or wrong. Decisions often are made between shades of grey. This is where the compassionate path comes in. Perhaps we should live according to universal love and acceptance and tolerate every behavior that comes our way in the name of compassion. How much should one bend the rules when living according to a set of morals if the morals lead to the rejection of a person. This can best be seen in the case of family dynamics where a person may violate a code of family honor. Is it right to abandon a person if they violate a code of morals? I believe Christianity would say no. In the person of Jesus Christ we see that love transcends morals. The person of Christ is moral and compassionate, and truly offers people the path to a better life.
Bringing Jesus Christ’s teachings into our families is hard. We may need to closely reevaluate how we relate to each other and how we extend forgiveness and mercy to even the “black sheep” of our families. In many cultures, codes of honor are held at a higher level than codes of mercy and love. In certain extreme cases, family members can be shunned for violating codes of ethics. It is here that Biblical examples must lead the way to a merciful and compassionate interpretation of morality. In a family system, nothings happens without some kind of previous influence. Elders must humble themselves before God to lead in ways that are not arrogant and self serving. Much could (and will be said about this in future blog posts) but it remains best simply put. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. When in doubt err on the side of compassion over morality. A broken relationship offers no time for teaching about morality, while an intact relationship always offers the potential for improved behavior through mutual compassionate teaching of morals.
I know on this blog I have written some things that express that I am struggling with faith in a God. Through thinking about my feelings on faith in a good God, one that promotes compassion and morality I am led back to Christianity as it is expressed in the Bible. The best families that I have seen in life have been Christian ones. This is a strong advocate for a faith in God according to orthodox Christianity. I am certain that it is possible in the case of other religions too, I am just most familiar with Christianity due to the culture that I live in.
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