The University of Michigan did a comprehensive study on 14,000 college students between the years 1979 and 2009. They found a drastic decline in empathy. The results of this massive study showed that we care 40 percent less about other people than we did in the 1980s – 40 percent. Sounds like a downward trend in compassion. Why is this? Is it really that serious of a problem? What can we do about it?
Notes for the Sermon “#struggles: COMPASSION
Social media and online technologies have a mixed track record when it comes to compassion—feeling the hurts of others—caring. Sometimes we can increase awareness of a need (think ALS Ice Bucket Challenge) and sometimes we can feel distanced from others. What does God call the church to do?
1-Two truths about compassion.
A-True compassion demands action.
B-To say that you care, but not act, is not to care at all.
2-How Jesus lived out compassion.
D-Compassion changes lives.