Prisoners of Their Own Hearts in a Me-Focused Culture | 7/29/1976 | Staff
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Patrick Henry shouted, "Give me liberty, or give me death."

The next generation shouted, "Give me liberty."

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The present generation shouts, "Give me."

We are all born, without exception, selfish in the core of our beings. This self-focus is entrenched in our sinful nature, and though there are compassionate people in society, the general human tendency is not to be focused on the well-being of other people.

Compassion - Focus - God - God - World

Compassion is the focus of God. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16, NIV). In the same way, as God's children, we are to be more concerned about other people than ourselves. We are to love and serve others—God's entire ministry to us is about others. And to "love and serve others" doesn't mean just our friends! Jesus was clear when He said, "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven."

I have always believed that it is impossible to claim, "I am in Christ, and Christ is in me," and not be lovingly and compassionately invested in the physical, spiritual and emotional health and well-being of other people—no matter who they are.

Example - Years - Times - Square - Church

For example, in 1997, about three years after coming to Times Square Church in New York City, I was invited to speak at Sullivan prison in Fallsburg, New York. I was ushered into a section of the prison with about 60 "lifers." These 60 men, whose greatest ambition was to kill a cop—in this case, an ex-cop—had nothing left to lose. What would another life sentence matter to them? They were already going to die...
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