Who Cares by Steve Wagers

Who Cares
Steve N. Wagers
Luke 7:12-17

Sermon Outline
1. The People that Compassion Sees!
A) Helpless People!
B) Hopeless People!
2. The Pain that Compassion Shares!
A) The Heart that Felt Her Need!
B) The Hope that Fulfilled Her Need!
3. The Problem that Compassion Solves!
A) The Involvement Jesus Demonstrated!
B) The Amazement Jesus Created!

I have never forgotten reading about an incident that happened several years ago and the story that emerged. At 3 a.m. on March 13, 1964, in the Queens area of New York City, 28-year old Catherine (Kitty) Genovese returned home from her job. She parked her car. As she locked the door, she noticed a man in the shadows at the edge of the parking lot, in the path to her apartment building. She felt nervous and turned the other way, toward the police telephone box on the corner.

Under the street-light the man grabbed her and began stabbing her. Her screams broke through the chill of the night air. "Oh, my God, he stabbed me! Please help me! Please help me!" A light came on in the window above and a man shouted, "Let that girl alone!" The assailant looked up and calmly walked down the street to his waiting car.

The light went out and Kitty Genovese struggled to her feet. She was making her way down the side of the building when the assailant returned to stab her again. Kitty screamed, "I'm dying. I'm dying!" Again the lights went on in the upper level of the apartment building and the attacker drove away. Kitty staggered to the back entrance of the apartment building hid in a doorway. Minutes passed.

Suddenly the door flew open, and she was face-to-face with her killer. Kitty screamed for help until she was stabbed to death. At 3:50 a.m. the police received their first call from one of Miss Genovese's neighbors. They arrived at the scene two minutes later to find Kitty Genovese dead. The attack on her life lasted 35 minutes. The police combed the neighborhood and found witnesses - 38 of ...


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