Earlier today, I had a completely different topic I wanted to write about, but then on Twitter a priest that I follow made a comment to a famous evangelical figure and it got me to the point I took out my bible to do some reading. I then talked my mother to find out if I was interpreting my bible correctly. She told me she thought I was. I then turned to the internet to see if I could find the scripture in plain English. Sometimes, I need the plainest of words for it to sink in my head and maybe it is that way for other people too. So, I am going to just write this how I would explain it to myself.
The people who surround us each day, please look at the person on the bus, on the sidewalk, on the street, and in the pew next too you. Each and everyone of us is different, but we were all made in God’s likeness. It doesn’t matter if they come from England, Mexico, Canada or the United States, we are all God’s children.
I was taught that God resides inside of us. As a child and then again as an adult, I made a commitment to Jesus. I asked him to come into my heart and I wanted to be apart of Jesus. I believe that we are to strive to be like Jesus. Jesus was the only perfect man to walk this earth and I know that I screw up all the time, but I ask for forgiveness and learn from my mistakes. I strive to be good to my fellow man because that is what God expects of me. They were made in God’s likeness and they are God’s children too.
So, why would I want my fellow man to live in poverty? Why would I want my fellow man to live without health insurance? Why would I want my fellow man to suffer when we can do something about it? Why should I have access to health insurance, but my neighbor loses theirs? Why do some people who are supposed to represent all, only choose to represent those with money? It’s time for those who are supposed to represent everyone start doing their job or it’s time to get them out of there.
I am so tired of hearing about a border wall. Why do we need this wall? If it to keep out drugs, planes fly over walls. There are places on southern border that can’t have a wall unless it’s going to float, but then people who want to bring drugs in to this country are going to swim under that floating wall.
If I am being honest with you, I think that our president wants the wall to keep out people who are brown. But, brown people are still made in God’s likeness. If you are mistreating someone who is brown, you are mistreating a child of God. I can’t know what is in our president’s heart and I know that I am not to stand in judgment of our president, but sometimes it is extremely hard.
I just know that our government is treating a whole lot of people wrong and it shouldn’t be. I know there is supposed to be a separation of church and state, but everyday there are fights in our government over what happens with women’s reproductive health that is done in the name of the church and the people who run this country can’t have it both ways. It is my body and what I do with it is between me, my husband and God. It has nothing to do with the people who run this world.
I’m starting to get myself off track, but what I really want to say is this: God sees the way we treat one another. We are supposed to care and treat each other well, because we are of God.
Keep reading below, I’ll share the scripture I have been studying which got me to this point.
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Matthew 25:31-46Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
The Son of Man Will Judge All People
31 “The Son of Man will come again with divine greatness, and all his angels will come with him. He will sit as king on his great and glorious throne. 32 All the people of the world will be gathered before him. Then he will separate everyone into two groups. It will be like a shepherd separating his sheep from his goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the king will say to the godly people on his right, ‘Come, my Father has great blessings for you. The kingdom he promised is now yours. It has been prepared for you since the world was made. 35 It is yours because when I was hungry, you gave me food to eat. When I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I had no place to stay, you welcomed me into your home. 36 When I was without clothes, you gave me something to wear. When I was sick, you cared for me. When I was in prison, you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the godly people will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you with no place to stay and welcome you into our home? When did we see you without clothes and give you something to wear? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and care for you?’
40 “Then the king will answer, ‘The truth is, anything you did for any of my people here,[a] you also did for me.’
41 “Then the king will say to the evil people on his left, ‘Get away from me. God has already decided that you will be punished. Go into the fire that burns forever—the fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 You must go away because when I was hungry, you gave me nothing to eat. When I was thirsty, you gave me nothing to drink. 43 When I had no place to stay, you did not welcome me into your home. When I was without clothes, you gave me nothing to wear. When I was sick and in prison, you did not care for me.’
44 “Then those people will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty? When did we see you without a place to stay? Or when did we see you without clothes or sick or in prison? When did we see any of this and not help you?’
45 “The king will answer, ‘The truth is, anything you refused to do for any of my people here, you refused to do for me.’
46 “Then these evil people will go away to be punished forever. But the godly people will go and enjoy eternal life.”