#Challenges of Desensitization: Discovering Compassion

Sunday, February 19, 2017


#cause challenge

Recent major people causes: Thailand Tsunami, Missing Nigerian Girls, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

  • Evidence of a strong correlation between sharing popular ideas and the decline of compassion as a shared cultural value



University of Michigan:  comprehensive study of compassion attitudes of students during a 30-year period from 1979-2009.


  • 40% less caring attitude of today’s students verses students in the 1980’s
  • Decline was noticeable within the first few years but a sharp drop during the time
  • Social media began to take hold as a cultural phenomenon



Social media rises, empathy declines.


  • Researchers concluded that a rise in the use of technology likely caused a decline in empathy



  1. Narcissism
  2. Short attention-span: abandoned popular causes
  3. Desensitized
  4. Remote Caring: non-direct personal interaction


#compassion is action:  Jesus + compassion + action.


Matthew 14:14, p. 692

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”


Matthew 20:34, p. 697

“Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.” 



  • Greek: splagchnizomi means “to be moved as to one’s bowels”
  • Passion from deep inside you
  • Ache for another person


#true compassion demands action

  • Faith without works is dead (James 2:14-20, p. 855)
  • The more I care about myself the less I care about others
  • The more I focus on Jesus and truly follow Him the less I care about myself the more I care about others


#compassion will cost

  • True compassion has a price; it costs (Luke 10, parable of the Good Samaritan, p. 735)
  • Clicking is clean; compassion is messy


#Jesus identifies with those who suffer

Matthew 25:31-46, p. 702; a warning for us.

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