The least of these …By: Stephen Marsh
But we tend to pass on by
Now, I’m not going to get into debates over universal health care, or your right to tax my mother for health care services you don’t want to pay for yourself, but, seriously … Most people in prison are there because of their own sins and wrongs. That doesn’t seem to matter to Christ when he talks about ministering to those in prison.
The logic is pretty clear as you work out from there.
The other passage they all love is Alma 1:29: “Because of the steadiness of the church they began to be exceedingly rich, â€¦and thus in their prosperous circumstances, they did not send away any who were naked or that were hungry, â€¦and they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all, â€¦whether out of the church or in the church, having no respect to persons as to [not among] those who stood in need.” So much for those convenient weasel-words “the deserving poor.”
Note that there is nothing about “deserving” in the scripture or the analysis — in fact, it emphasizes the reverse “no respect to persons … ”
I’m curious. Of those who read and comment here, how many try to act without respect to persons, to help people according to need rather than according to what they deserve?
If not, why not?