Excerpt from A World of Oneness
Pastor Don Mackenzie redefines what it means to be truly “alive.”
In our culture today, in almost every part of the world, the greatest fear of a man is to be thought of as weak. Stand up for yourself, people have said to us. Not being weak has come to mean living into the idea that men must be strong, must have power to control and coerce, must always be correct, wise and always leading toward more and more strength against the forces of evil. Compassion is a word that evokes a weakness, a giving in, a losing of some deeply important part of the self. In contrast, from a biblical point of view, the tradition suggests that compassion is the strongest sensibility known to humankind. It is similar to what happens in the ritual of marriage where two people give themselves to each other.