Compassion: The Church must have a compassionate heart and an intentional plan to minister to the children without parents or lack a Christian influence at home. (James 1:27)
When you look around the homes that make up our communities, our country, and world, it doesn’t take long to see that there are a lot of needs. The tentacles of sin have touched and wrapped itself around every aspect of life. The only hope to escape the death grip of sin is the gospel. However, there are so many homes that have no gospel witness. One or both parents are unbelieving and the lives of their children are impacted by this spiritual void.
How does a church respond to families where there is little to no gospel witness? We can look at broken families with apathy or we can have the heart of Christ that weeps for “sheep without a shepherd.” Compassion (literally to “suffer with”) requires us to identify with the hurts of people. Jesus epitomized compassion in becoming a man, suffering, then dying for the sins of mankind. That is compassion.
We live in a time where teenagers have more autonomy than ever before — for good and for bad. With technology, ever growing social media platforms, and activities offered at an all-tine high, students can see and experience more than a generation ago.
An increase autonomy also affords the church opportunities. The reality is there are parents who may have no spiritual interest, but will allow their children to go to church with friends or even by themselves. As a church, we must be good stewards of such opportunities. Yes, the hope is that the whole family would be reached (and we try to reach both), but we also can’t ignore the low hanging fruit right in front of us. With so many teenagers coming from broken homes with little to no Christian witness, it is imperative that we try to reach them with the gospel.
We are seeking to reach families so we love and minister to the whole family while also being intentional with each individual of the family. It is not merely about a program, but a culture where broken people being restored by the gospel long to see other broken people being restored by that same gospel. This is why this kind of compassion is valued in our ministries at Trinity.