Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Matthew 5:7
Mercy is defined as compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. Synonyms are leniency, clemency, compassion, grace, pity, charity, forgiveness, forbearance, quarter, humanity.
On Tuesday I had a most revealing conversation with a friend. She began complaining about gays, LGBT marriage, Obama, liberals and celebrities. Her rant ended with the proclamation that she could care less of Kim Kardashian was robbed there in France. As far as she was concerned the woman was so rich and so liberal there was nothing wrong with her being robbed. There were thousands of women robbed every day in the US and the media never covers it. She could care less if she were traumatized. After all, she supported Hillary. Why should she have any compassion for a liberal tramp.
I mentioned that I had compassion for her, for what she went through being robbed. She basically said that it was wrong to even give the woman a second thought. She was rich enough to get over it. Like everyone else, who wishes the media would shut up about the Kardashians, she is right about that. But, she is not right about the lack of compassion.
We are programmed to have compassion for those who are less fortunate that we are, financially. Not only that, we are taught to pray for them, to wish them well, and do everything we can to help them. But, is someone is apparently rich and famous, they are fair game. Not only do they not need our compassion but we don’t need to bother praying for them, nor wishing them well. They are rich and famous. Why bother?
My gosh, the woman was terrorized at gunpoint. Her sleeping children were in the next room. Her diamond was stolen. I would have been freaking about the children. In Paris, with the climate of lingering terror threats, the poor woman must have been close to hysteria. I know I would be. Because she is rich and famous, was her diamond engagement ring of less sentimental value that the one a girl in small-town USA might own? Are her children less important to her because she is rich and famous?
Here’s the problem with all of this. Christ taught that we were to show mercy. I Googled Matthew 7:5 and came up with numerous explanations. Evidently people don’t like this verse all that much. I gather the quality of mercy isn’t very popular. Maybe an explanation should be Christians who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw bricks. Christ threw a heck of a lot of zingers at us, and this is one of them.
Long story short, someone Kim Kardashian deserves our compassion and mercy as much as the woman with the widow’s mite, shopping at Walmart. Could be, at times, someone like Kim K needs our compassion and mercy, and our prayers even more than the woman in Walmart, but we just can’t see it. We’ve been so programmed into showing mercy and love for the needy that we forget the rich and famous need prayer, mercy, and love just as much as we do.
That’s the catch – if we want mercy shown to us, we’d better be ready to show mercy, even to the rich and famous for whom you feel nothing but contempt.