(cross-posted from simplyxian.com)
Protestants, especially conservatives and/or Evangelicals, are often hesitant to champion social causes or acts of mercy...typically equating them with the 'social gospel' of the early 20th century and its associated liberal theology. The connection, however, is clearly unwarranted and unscriptural. Hopefully that incorrect connection will soon fade away into memory as more and more Christians get involved in reaching out to help those in need, as Jesus did.
Richard Stearns' Hole in Our Gospel is a powerful antidote to this kind of thinking. If you haven't read it, you should. You won't be able to put it down, and then you won't be able to get it out of your head. Also, Jeremy Tate has just written a wonderful post of being a Church of mercy. While I don't agree with his conclusion that her consistent acts of mercy show the Roman Catholic Church to be the one true church, the example set by Catholicism in this respect is definitely humbling and worthy of others' imitation.
read: A Church of Mercy