Great question and thanks for sharing. Here is how I resolve the issue. Compassion comes from our free will. Jesus shows us how to love our neighbour. When we read the story about the man on the road, notice whom Jesus identifies as the one who loves his neighbour: the one who: 1. Saw a need (saw him and helped him) 2. Had resources to meet the need (paid the bill and said he would pay more if needed upon his return) and 3. Had physical contact with the individual. Thus, when we meet a need out of these things, true compassion is demonstrated. The ‘justification’ the left often uses is that they are meeting a need therefore loving others. The problem is, it’s devoid of a personal connection (it’s a government program who get their money from ‘some taxpayer’). The compassion is not the free will of the individual, but a forced law. Everything you mentioned that is amazing, noble and helpful should be done…but my argument is that it’s better to do this privately (faith group, personally, corporately, charity etc). This way, it’s compassion directed from resources derived from one’s free will, not forced taxation. Forcing taxes and pushing programs is not compassion; even if the program seems nice. When help is offered personally, the person who is helped can tie the help to a relationship (group, person etc) that they can be connected with. Resources being tied directly to the help is far more life changing and powerful then tossing cash into a pot and letting gov. distribute it via programs; however well intended. I argue for our personal connection being tied to our resources to demonstrate compassion: far more life changing then government will ever be. The left argues ‘that’s not a practical idea because there are greedy people who will not give’. This is true. I have met far more greedy socialists (limited resources) then greedy business owners…infact, most of the richest people are also the most generous people. Interesting that they ‘got rich’ by meeting other’s needs…now they use their riches to meet other’s needs. Either by profit or by freely giving, we were built and created to meet other’s needs. I cringe when government butchers this and gets in the way. I hope this helps.