Everyone should take a moment to look at their lives. Take note of what you have and what you do not. Take note of the hard times and the easy times. How many of you identify as Christians? I do, and so does most everyone I know. I think we need to take a long look at how we treat people in our lives. Not just people either, but the whole of the world around us. You know the world I’m talking about. The one God created for us. There are a lot of things I could talk about on such a broad topic, so I’m going to narrow it down to just a few: the poor, the tired, the oppressed, and the hungry. You know them; they are the people that we place a quarter in the little red buckets at Christmas for. Then we pat ourselves on the back because of our generous twenty-five cent gift while we load a few hundred dollars worth of junk into our cars.
I hear so many people talking about how much more they need. They talk about having trouble “making ends meet” while they plan on what nice restaurant they wish to go to for the evening. Yes, McDonald’s is a nice restaurant when we start comparing it to hungry people. Can you believe there are people in the world, in our own little towns, that do not have the luxury of not eating because they do not like the food, and they certainly do not have the option to whine about their weight or eating too many calories?
I am certainly no advocate for sending our troops off to fight and die in other countries, but some of the things I hear people say regarding these other places is so asinine that I am usually speechless. “Just let them kill each other,” “just nuke the place,” “we can’t afford to help because we have problems in our own country.” Missions to other countries are frowned upon for these same reasons. Prayer is scoffed at even by Christians. People doubt the power of prayer and then wonder why it does not work. I am sure God heard your thoughts and words, but I am also rather confident that he picked up on your not-so-subtle doubt as well.
I look around and listen to how my Christian friends belittle the immigrant peoples crossing our borders as if they are not humans, but some mangy abandoned dog. Just look at the stuff with the kids being sent over from Mexico. Are people really so narrow-minded that they think the parents of these children simply do not want them? Do you think they are being sent here because life is too good across that border? It is easy for most of you to run your mouth and post childish memes as answers to complicated issues, but I question how many of you would look these children in the eye and then sit down and eat your 3-piece chicken dinner in front of them. If you would not do that in person why are you saying things that equate to that online?
I do not need any kind of degree to know how us Christians treat others is wrong.
Matthew 34–40 (HCSB)
34 When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. 35 And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him: 36 “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?”
37 He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
38 This is the greatest and most important command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
Ezekiel 16:49–50 (HCSB)
49 Now this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, plenty of food, and comfortable security, but didn’t support the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before Me, so I removed them when I saw this.
Regardless of how people try to manipulate this in order to support their personal beliefs its meaning is rather solid. There are no exceptions in Christ’s commandment on how we are to treat people. I am so tired of seeing Christian’s application of Scripture halt when tax money comes into play or the beliefs they founded on shaky ground become questioned. The Bible, the book that you follow while saying you are Christian, does not conform to your opinions. Just because we have issues in our own country does not mean we refuse to help others. I will gladly change my mind if you can show me Scripture that says not to help others unless you have everything squared away at home.
Also, please tell me about how bad you have it while you read this on a fancy phone or computer while snacking on a $5 bag of potato chips. By all means please inform me why you are too good to help people around you because you have trouble too. Tell me again how helping others is not your problem because you did not create the situation they are in. Tell me how you have time to condemn people for having issues that you do not, but no time to reach out to anyone. There are a lot of people that are not as right with God as they think they are.