Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hunger And Righteousness

Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. Matthew 15:7-8

In a comment on my parable, The King’s Inheritance, Jason said: “I think it is narrow-minded to say that the only way to help the poor is through government welfare.”

I nowhere say “the only way.” Jason put words in my mouth to suit how he wanted to respond. That is sloppy and unfair rhetoric, and another example of distortion of truth that is the conservative way with words. In another message Jason described my parable post as 'deeply disturbing.' I responded that I am rooted in Christ, and if he finds my writing disturbing, then he is rooted in something else. And Jason’s objection to government caring for our poor makes that most powerful prophecy of Isaiah apply to him.

One of the many social programs Republicans are taking aim at slashing is WIC, which provides nutrition for needy women, infants and children. It is a much needed, very popular and excellent program that Republicans have proposed cutting by ten percent. This galls me personally.

When I was thirteen or so my mother learned that her sister was living in poverty a few hundred miles away. She was the single mother of five children by two different men. The children were aged roughly three to ten. They had nothing, and were truly living in half-starved squalor. My mother and another aunt brought them to our town.

My younger cousins had clearly been suffering malnourishment for years. They were accustomed to being dirty, slow, and didn’t speak very well. They had been sleeping in close quarters together all their lives, and were sexually active with each other. They wanted desperately to be healthy--physically, mentally and emotionally--but had been damaged, and subsequently suffered.

Not long after relocating to our town, the oldest boy coerced/forced/raped a down syndrome girl on the next street from his house.

My cousins grew up living lives of endless struggle. They all had trouble surviving, and trying to function in society. The two girls had several children with several different men. The oldest girl died from drugs around 32, and leaving behind, I believe, four or five children.

The constitution calls on government ‘to promote the general Welfare.’ If not feeding our most vulnerable children, that they are able to become contributing, healthy members of a peaceful society, then what? It is righteous to vote for Republicans who take food from children to maintain oil subsidies and the industrial military cash vortex, how? If not for the sake of the children themselves, Republicans should at least feed them for the welfare of their wealthy constituents,to prevent one of the money lovers they represent from having his daughter raped by a crazed hungry boy.

You ‘Christians’ are liars. You do not live in Christ, nor He within you. You are explicitly instructed to above all love God, and thy neighbor as thyself. And you know that anything you deny your neighbor here will be denied you hereafter, and that what you give your neighbor you will get; so why would you make life hell for so many of your neighbors here on earth, and think that so doing is your righteous assurance of heaven? No true Christian would. If your heart is not right with Christ then you are wrong for the kingdom, no matter what your mouth might say.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out many devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-22.

1 comment:

  1. You have very eloquently illustrated the case for the social programs we have in this country. What galls me is that Republicans call themselves Christians when they really worship Mammon.

    Greed is one of The Seven Deadly Sins.