If enough people were brought to Christ… #outlawpreachers

20 Sep

 

The Washington Post had a interesting article on the differences between conservatives and progressives. One of the first differences is pretty interesting.

1. “If enough people were brought to Christ, social ills would take care of themselves.”

67% of conservatives agreed, but only 13% of progressives agreed (and 61% of them disagreed).

I’m one of those 61% who disagree…

No way no how would social ills take care of themselves with one caveat. If enough people were brought to Christ, and followed his teachings, social ills would take care of themselves to a much greater extent, and likely with much more dignity than what Caesar could ever offer.

Instead, far too many Christians today

Walk past the injured guy along side the road, may pray for a Samaritan to pass by, or they go whoa, not my problem. They may cry out, Hey Caesar, this dude needs some help.

Tell the hungry guy they might pray for him… and go Hey Caesar, this dude needs some help.

For the thirsty guy, they might pray for him, ignore him, or tell him to be responsible and get something to drink, even if he is too weak to do so.

For the dude without a place to sleep, they call Caesar on him, so he gets awakened by the police, told to move and/or arrested. 

For the dude without clothes, they call Caesar on him, so he gets hauled off to jail for indecent exposure.

For the sick guy in prison, they will say out of sight, out of mind, besides the dude was not responsible being he is in jail. Caesar must care for him.

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All the while, saying Caesar is not the solution…. well I agree, Caesar is not, but then why do you keep calling on him all the time?

Or they say, helping is enabling, and thus, it is better not to help, because the injured, sick, hungry, naked, or those in prison need to learn a lesson. Where on earth is enabling the injured, the sick, the hungry, the naked, or those in prison mentioned in the Bible? Dont even think of taking 2 Thessalonians 3:10 out of context, nor a isolated prooftext from Proverbs either.

Or they say, I’m too poor to help, because Caesar took my money away… but he didnt take all of it, now did he? Would it be ok, for you and your family to eat 20% less, in order to give 20% of your food directly to the hungry man?

What about what Jesus said in Matthew 25:31-43

 31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All 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. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

 34“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. 35For 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, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’  37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’  40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. 41“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. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I 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.’

Lest anyone call me a hypocrite, I am one, I’ve blown all of the above at one time or another. The thing is, as individuals, we will all screw up at one time or another, but for a large group, not all are going to screw up all at the same time.

Statistically someone in the body of Christ, if each person in the body is following or trying to follow Christ’s words will take care of each and every one of those situations. No matter how many individual brothers and sisters in Christ screw up on a person by person basis, if the body of Christ is large enough, and said Christians follow His teachings.

 

 

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