Consider the question "Is the Sabbath made for man or man for the Sabbath?" A rhetorical question, because Jesus said that it was the Sabbath that was made for man. But this is not a question directly about the Sabbath; that was just an analogy. Rather, here's a question on "Christian compassion".
Consider this logical exercise, with premises which might be wrong, but it's just a thought experiment:
No sinner ever repents apart from knowing the love of God.
The love of God is often conveyed, mostly, through the kindness of invidual human Christians. (2 Corinthians 5:20 speaks of this. God begs the sinner through Christians.)
Since a sinner, most of the time, is living without the love of God, he or she understandably holds to a "non-Christian way of thinking".
Non-Christian ways of thinking inevitably lead to non-Christian modes of behaviour or speech. This might involve the publishing of a book, such as those of the renowned biologist Richard Dawkins.
These non-Christian modes of behaviour, such as the books published by Dawkins, inevitably offend many Christians.
By (1) and (2), the only possibility, in this or a parallel universe for a sinner to repent, is that God begs the sinner to repent through a Christian person.
From (5). But offended people don't beg those whom they feel offended them; rather they chastise them.
Therefore, (6) and (7) lead to a contradiction.
It's actually worse than (8), because usually the more in need of God's love the sinner is, the more likely he/she is to perform (5) in a more offensive way.
Question: How does one resolve this paradox?
Here's my take, but I'd like to hear other views: To me the late David Wilkerson epitomizes best what the solution to this paradox is. In "The Cross and The Switchblade", he wrote of his words to Nicky Cruz “You could kill me Nicky. You could cut me in a thousand pieces and lay them out on the street. But every piece would cry out, Jesus loves you. And..............you’ll never be able to run from that.” And the empirical evidence showed that David Wilkerson was right.
Are there other ways to resolve this paradox that don't involve such drastic exercises of compassion from Christians?