Today I signed up to become a volunteer in a local program that offers food, counseling, and just plain old human kindness to homeless people in this new city that I just moved to. I came to the conclusion that as of late, I have been a bit of a hypocrite–I was missing something.
I keep on going on about how certain religions or religious persons are in the wrong because of their lack of real involvement in the needs of people and our environment, but I myself am not doing much of anything either. I guess I was just telling myself that this was my time to study and learn… not actually “do” something. Besides, isn’t it just a lot easier to point out the faults in other people?
I read this the other day and it really got to me,
If you cannot love man, animals, and plants, I doubt that you can love God. The capacity for loving God depends on your capacity for loving humankind and other species.
— Thich Nhat Hanh, Going Home
Don’t worry this kind of compassion is all over the bible as well,
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.
— Jesus, Matt 25:35-40
Now if you profess to believe the bible, and in that scripture above, then what would that actually look like?
Also, would not also the opposite of that verse be true? If every time we are kind to a stranger we are kind to Christ then every time we are unkind we are unkind to Christ. Every time we let someone starve we are letting Christ starve.
Something to think about.
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