At one of the Q&A sessions of our Promoting the Gospel Conference, John Dickson was asked, "What do you believe is the greatest challenge to Western Christianity?" John replied,
I think it's a lack of compassion. If we aren't known for our compassion we can't convince people of the gospel.
This is convicting, isn't it? I think of Jesus as he looked at the crowd of people (in Mt. 9:35) and had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and I'm struck with how little I care for the lost people in my neighborhood. It's not that I don't want to see them come to Christ, but am I moved with pity (that's what the greek word for compassion is getting at) over their condition ... and do I genuinely find ways to get into their lives?