The Cost of Compassion

I am troubled to observe the rationale of seemingly intelligent men who do not want to finalize the ultimate financial sanctions on those who are murdering the people in the Ukraine. We continue to hear that “It will cause our oil prices and gasoline to go up.” I am confused about the sincerity of any politician, or ordinary citizen, who places the value his (our) comfort on the same level as the lives of civilians, thousands of whom have already been killed. It boggles the mind to think that there is a limit on the compassion they would offer for these lives. I am sure it would be different if the shoe was on the other foot.  When goods and services are weighed against lives of human beings we must choose the lives, not the goods. What a disgrace to have a legacy that says we could have done more but it cost too much.  So, we will have heat, and gasoline, and toilet paper, but guilt in our hearts and blood on our hands.   I do not see this as compassion. 

“A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.”
Proverbs 13:5

“The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.”
Proverbs 14:20

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13

Robert Lewis  3/3/2022