Hello Christian Friends!
We think we do well by donating clothes to the missions, feeding the homeless in long lines making many of them feel humiliated as we slop food on plates giving them a false smile that does not hide the fact that we feel that we are better than they are. People we would not even invite to lunch or be seen with outside of this “churchy feed the needy scenario” We’re hoping to rack up brownie points in heaven. WRONG! We should sit and eat with the people, serve them their meals with dignity ask with sincere concern if there is more that we can do to assist and then do all that we can… God will provide.
BUT this is bigger than that. When we turn away strangers (foreigners) from this country refusing to invite them in, when we deny the hungry in our society access to food and medicine because we do not support this faction or that one. When we support those who poison the waters because we stand to make a few bucks, when we imprison a society of people based on fear and bigotry, when a child goes to bed without food in the riches country on the face of the Earth, when seniors and widows have to choose between food, shelter or medicine …then know this… we are not BLESSED!
Jesus said these WORDS:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”