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Compassionate Hatred

A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call from one of the men who attend our congregation. His grandson had fallen while playing, and it appeared he had broken his wrist. The reason it appeared that way was that his arm now had a right angle bend to it that was not in the original design. I was close to the hospital, so it only took me a few minute to arrive and enter the young boys emergency room, room. There was this adorable little boy laying in the bed crying and begging for something to take away his pain. My wife and I as well as the parents prayed for the little guy and waited impatiently for the doctor to come and assess the young man's arm and determine the course of action. During this time, the child was provided with a very mild pain reliever even though he was begging for something to take away the pain. But, the doctor would not prescribe a strong pain medicine because the medicine might affect the response of the child during his evaluation and cause the doctor to miss something in the assessment and diagnosis. It was very hard for his parents to watch their son writhing in pain when pain medicine was available. Their compassionate hearts were demanding strong pain relief but at that moment, it was more compassionate to deny the medicine because providing relief could very well have also prevented healthy healing.

After the doctor had completed his assessment and diagnosis, the next step was the treatment plan which in this case meant manual manipulation to reset the bones into their right places. So he and his nurses took a firm hold of the arm and moved it until it returned to its correct position. This action as you would imagine caused increased pain to the child who was already in pain to begin with. Yet, once the arm was restored to its place, there was an almost immediate dramatic reduction in pain and discomfort.

This all happened while the parents were watching. The pain in their eyes was almost too much for people watching to bear. These people were causing increased pain to the child that they love so much. Yet the parents bore their pain because they knew that the only way their child could be restored was to endure the discomfort through the adjustment. If they had not allowed the doctors to repair their son's arm, they might have shown great compassion, but it would have been compassionate hatred, not compassionate love.

Our society today is very much like that young boy, we are broken. We know we are broken because we can see that we no longer look like our original design. The problem though is that we have forgotten that true compassion does not make excuses or refuse proper correction when needed so that real healing can come to those who are broken. We look at those who commit a crime, have an addiction, or get caught up in sexual immorality through the eyes "Compassionate hatred." We want them to not feel pain or discomfort but not enough to allow them to endure the pain of correct through the adjustment brought through Godly repentance.

People we love have "arms broken" and are in real pain. The way to stop their pain isn't with the temporary relief of compassionate hatred it is through the real permanent relief of compassionate love which doesn't just dull the pain. It provides an adjustment that re-aligns the broken so the pain goes away and restoration takes place.
I like almost everyone else have been watching the process of the presidential election going on in the USA. What has amazed me is the amount of people who claim to be Believers in the Bible who are not only standing with but promoting people for office that promote activities and lifestyles that are abhorrent and anti-Scripture. I have heard comments like "We have to vote for the best of two evils," or "We can never win with a candidate that is Biblically conservative, we have to take what we can get," Or the one that gets to me the worst "We are not voting for a religious leader we are voting for a political leader."

As the process has continued I have watched as people I care about and that lead very active ministries that affect thousands of lives began to fight against other leaders based on their choice for President. I could almost understand if the argument was between two God-fearing people to decide who was the best choice. But in these cases, the argument was over-justifying their decisions to support a candidate that goes against the very tenets of faith these leaders have spent their lives advocating passionately.

The choice of candidate has ceased to be based upon who would make the best President to lead our nation ahead according the Judeo-Christian values that our country was established upon. Instead, these leaders are promoting candidates based not upon Biblical Principles but upon Worldly Principles. Not who will make us great people but who will make the nation great. Instead of who will lead us in restoring the foundation based upon rights provided by our Creator they are promoting restoration of the economy alone. If those who lead our communities of faith don't understand that we can only prosper fully when our souls prosper, we will never recover from the spiraling descent of our nation.

We get what we pay for, and the price of a leader cannot be allowed to become our values and our testimony. We cannot let the bottom line become the top line. Said another way "What does it profit to gain the world and lose our souls."

Eric Tokajer at CMY in Toronto

Congregation Melech Yisrael in Toronto, Ontario, Canada will be welcoming a special guest speaker Rabbi Eric Tokajer this Shabbat, Saturday, March 12th at 11:00 am.

Rabbi Eric is the congregational leader of Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue in Pensacola, Florida. He is also the director and publisher of The Messianic Times and an author of two separate books, “Oy! How Did I Get Here? 31 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before Entering the Ministry” and “Transient Singularity.”

Tokajer founded Messianic Daily News, an online new source for the Messianic Jewish movement publishing news and information about the Messianic Movement five days a week. Messianic Daily News merged with The Messianic Times, a move that brought together the print and digital formats of news to bring the voice of the Messianic Movement for an international impact on the Body of Messiah.

Rabbi Eric has long spoken at Messianic congregations and conferences and has served as a mentor to other rabbis. He serves on several synagogue boards and has planted and raised up a number of Messianic Jewish congregations across the Gulf Coast.

Congregation Melech Yisrael worships at 272 Ranee Avenue Toronto, Ontario.

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