Hurricane Katrina and Jesus' Liberal Commandment on "The least of these"
A great majority of Americans have openned their checkbooks and homes to give aid and shelter and food and money for those who have had their lives, property, homes and loved ones utterly destroyed by hurricane Katrina.
And yet, I am overcome with shock and dismay at the voitrol, the hate mail, the right wing talk radio and the editorials I have read blaming the victims, denigrating their humanity, threatening criminal sanctions and punishment to these poor souls who have withstood the fury of a hurricane and suffered so much.
I have mulled this matter over for several days and prayed about my response. Here is my response to those who would claim to be Right Wing Evangelical Christains, yet who are attacking the victims of Katrina: I hear your anger, your resentment, your projections, and your casting of stones - let me ask you, what would Jesus do? what would Jesus say? who would Jesus care for, feed, house, clothe, love, comfort and protect? The answer is simple: "The least of these...." Yes, the least of these.
If any of you have forgotten His mandate to us all in Matthew 25:34-45:
34 Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' 37 Then the righteous 16 will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' 40 And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'
41 Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.' 44 Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?' 45 He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.'
Let His lesson, His sacrifice and His deeds guide you.
In contemplation and action,
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