I always did like this passage. It's pretty unambiguous, which is not usual for this book.
I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me
nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked
and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not
Then they also will answer, "Lord, when was it that
we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in
prison, and did not take care of you?"
Then he will answer
them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least
of these, you did not do it to me." - Matthew 25:42-45
371d36d75e05eda735858f8e467be99cI suppose this is one of the big differences between Jesus and Jeezus, the American folk hero. For some others, see here.
how people are so often willing to "vote their consciences" when it's
about denying women access to reproductive control, but they're not
willing to do the same when it comes to poverty. Even if they say
they believe it's virtuous to help the poor, they vote against such
efforts at every turn because they don't want charity to be mandated.
Guess what, guys! If we vote
for it, no one's shoving it on us. It is not a measure of your faith
and virtue to vote against social services in the hopes that private
charities will do the job instead. It's a measure of your unwillingness
to do what works to accomplish a goal you claim is important to you.
if that's cool by you, fine. You're the one who'll be answering for all
those times you denied Jesus disability pay, or all those times that
you voted to deny food stamps to his family, or all those times you
scoffed at the needs of Jesus' children for affordable single-payer
You may not have to answer for the unborn babies
that you forced their mothers to bear, but you'd better start figuring
out how you're going to talk your way around what happens to those
children after they're born, at how little you did to ensure that
resources were available for their wellbeing and education. Because
"the least of me" doesn't just mean the unborn. There are people around
now who need you, and what exactly do you think Jesus would do about it?