Yesterday I spoke on the phone with a good friend of mine from Iraq. We talk a lot about Islam, Christianity, and life. But now we talk almost exclusively about the huge, complex, heart-wrenching problems of suffering in Syria, Iraq, and Gaza.
This is what he said to me yesterday about Gaza.
These are words that touched me deeply.
This is why I love him.
He said with real compassion in his voice:
“Today I saw the funeral of an Israeli soldier. I saw his family crying. My heart was broken. Do you think I don’t care? I care! I care about all of humanity. I am sad for the children of Gaza. And I am sad for the family of the Israeli soldiers killed there too.”
No matter what your religion or your politics regarding the tragedy in Gaza, I believe my friend reflects the heart of God.
In the Injil (Romans 12:15), we are told to:
“weep with those who weep” – to “mourn with those who mourn.”
On both sides. . .
It is simply compassion.