Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
In a time when the slave trade is presented as “immigration” and black colleges described as founded to offer “freedom of choice” in education, it’s not surprising that the scriptures – particularly Jesus’ statements about the poor – should also receive a makeover.
At the heart of the matter is a passage from the Gospel of Matthew: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did for me,” words long considered Jesus’ call for compassion towards “the thirsty, the hungry, the homeless and the stranger.”
Just in time for President Trump’s “no Meals on Wheels” budget, however, evangelicals like Eric Erickson, former editor of Red State, are saying that “the least of these”’ passage isn’t about the poor at all – it’s about concern for fellow Christians.
Here’s My Take: There is little question that in Jesus’ overall teachings, lifting up the poor is central. The real issue behind “the least of these” argument is whether government should bear any responsibility.
In the Trump era, the new Jesus votes “Nay!”