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Essay: "Compassion"

Cavazos, Robert "I Will Have Compassion on Whom I Have Compassion"

Compassion is the quality of feeling deeply sorry for others who are suffering or in distress and wanting to help them. A person who has this feeling is compassionate. President Abraham Lincoln served and led the United States of America from 1861 to 1865. This compassionate president sought to free one fifth of the American population. He succeeded and thus slavery was abolished.

The American people were stirred with compassion in 1914. Because of this moral feeling, Americans entered World War I. At the end of the war 1918, 39 million had perished due to the lack of compassion and the selfishness of the individuals who started WWI. The same can be said for the individuals who started WWII. Americans entered that war so that suffering for millions could also end (1939-1945). 52 million perished.

The Kuwaitis were in distress when Iraq invaded their country in 1990. Compassion and the moral obligation led the Americans to the aid of the Kuwaitis.

Presently, the Americans are trying to help the people of Iraq. A mass segment of their population is in distress. Sadam Insane has been removed as their brutal dictator ruler. For the sake of the future of Iraq's children, the American government is trying to compassionately give the Iraqi's a bright future.

On December 26, 2003 a powerful earthquake shook Iran. Thousands perished. Exactly one year later a more powerful earthquake shook off the coast of the Indonesian's Islands. The earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami. Over 100,000 died when the tsunami wave collided with the Indonesian Islands.

The compassion of the American people generously helped Iran and Indonesia. The American compassion didn't cause them to publicly parade and cheer the natural disaster that befell Iran and Indonesia, unlike those two countries and Iraq, they flooded the streets and they gleefully jeered the 9-11 terrorist attack. American compassion quickly forgot the mocking these Islamic nations did on 9-11 and quickly Americans chose to aid the ones who shouted with joy when terror struck the U.S.A.

The virtue of righteousness is sprung forth from compassion. "Righteousness exalts a nation (Proverbs 14:34)". Because of righteousness, the U.S.A. is a mighty nation. 25% of the world's wealth is owned by American people. Americans consist only of 5% of the world's population.

To lack compassion is a sin and disgrace to any people (Proverbs 14:34). Without compassion no one can practice righteousness. The interest of the U.S.A. is to continue to show forth its compassion and understanding of protecting Israel must be kept. The surrounding nations of Israel have in recent times been hostile towards the Israelites. The nations that are ruled by Islam have in the past tried to invade the land of the Jewish. These same nations till this day have states that they would like to eliminate Israel from being a nation. The same Islamic nations that have no sign of consideration for their neighbors ,or for the Americans, are not compassionate. The God of the Holy Bible is not the alleged same God of Islam. There is only one God.

Nevertheless when calamity strikes these Islamic nations, the God of the Holy Bible speaks to the conscience of the Americans and quickly America runs to help with a spirit of compassion towards nations distressed by disaster. Human compassion is to extend help to neighbor and even stranger, especially the needy and oppressed. Compassion is a quality bestowed upon all mankind. This quality was given to us through the genetic make up of our first parents Adam and Eve. The God of the Holy Bible expects that compassion be exercised to the orphans and widows and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (James 1:27). Polluted by the world? It means when someone cares less for others in distress. God is looking for people with compassion for others, so that he may feed the poor and care for the helpless through your hands. What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion (Romans 9:14)." Be of understanding and know that God's compassion with his mercy is independent of human will and exertion. God bless you!