links for 2009-08-21

  • Roger Ebert, having gone through a devastating series of health problems in the last few years, might know whereof he speaks when he writes about health care. But it's easy to dismiss his words as "socialism." So he quotes someone not quite as easy to dismiss:

    35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

    36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me."

    37 Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?
    38 And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee?

    39 And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?"

    40 And the King will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me."

    –"The least of these my brethren." To me, that says it all.


3 Responses

  1. These are powerful words.
    However, we should not forget that these words are spoken to followers of Christ, not the government. unless our government is a follower of Christ…. and if that is the case, boy I have certainly missed it.

  2. In the United States, we are our government. And no one has to be a follower of Christ to recognize the value of compassion, which is the basis of equality.

  3. I can just see your interview at the Judgment Seat:

    Jesus: You killed and allowed to be killed scores of people.

    You: But those people weren’t Christians.

    Jesus: Neither are you, fool!

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