Why Are We Begging You for Help
A famous theologian once said to me, “When we look into the eyes of the poor, we are looking into the eyes of Jesus.”
He was merely taking a literal interpretation of Matthew 25:40, “As much as you have done it to one of the least of these, you have done it unto Me.”
What if we joined this famous theologian and took Jesus’ words literally? Isn’t that what all the conservative Bible scholars tell us to do whenever possible?
In Matthew 25, Jesus unapologetically illustrated how to serve Jesus, how to meet Jesus, how to “do it unto” Jesus. Here is the formula:
- I was hungry and you gave me something to eat
- I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink
- I was a foreigner and you invited me inside
- I naked and you clothed me
- I was sick and you visited me
- I was in prison and you came to me
By now you have probably heard that we are are trying to finish the building of a hospital in Guatemala for hungry and sick infants.
Why are we working to raise this money? Why are we begging you to help us?
This hospital represents a shockingly literal application of Jesus’ words. In fact 5 of 6 of the lines above could not be applied more accurately than in the building of Casa Jackson, a hospital for malnourished infants:
- Hungry… check.
- Thirsty… check.
- Naked … check.
- Foreigner… check
- Sick… check, check, check.
We are begging you to help us. Help us serve Guatemalan babies. Help us serve the “least of these.” Help us serve Jesus.
Go to this site and give whatever you feel you can: www.classy.org/infanthospital
Please give today and every dollar you give will be matched TWICE. Your gift will be tripled. Be generous and wise with your money.
I just came across an article written by you describing a speech that you frequently make to fellow Christians. I decided that you might be a man who would listen to an alternative point of view!!
For instance what really is poverty?
Of course I have some suggestions! – I think that the poor are the millionaires and billionaires who have so much power in our society. Also of course those who admire them almost worship them!!! At least half of American society are actively Christian!!. Yet as far as I can make out they vote for people like Trump Bush and the similar presidents. Even Obama is responsible for removing democratic protection from people. Violence has been behind much of American foreign policy for many years. In fact violence has played a major part in the development of Christianity for about 18 centuries. The fathers of the church hated sex and despised women. For centuries Christians murdered and excommunicated anybody who disagreed with them. Yet Jesus listened to people and forgave people and loved people even women!!!. The genocides in the Old Testament were imitated by Christians over the centuries.
What about modern doctors? Do they practice healing? Most of them seem to support the drug companies which are among the most wealthy in the world. There are in fact a number of cures for cancer. Yet the medical profession persecute and try to stamp out anybody who actually has a reasonable cure. Where is their compassion?
What about the companies that sell food which is essentially poisonous? It leads to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity!!!.
In addition they torture animals while they turn them into food.
What about pollution which poisons both people and animals throughout the world. What about global warming which may bring an end to life on earth?
What about it in nuclear armaments which have come very close to ending all life?
This is where we are today the product of 20 centuries of so-called Christianity. Personally I love the life of Jesus at least as far as it is described in the Gospels. As far as I can see there is virtually no relationship between him and the church that claims his name. I think it is unfortunate that Jesus allowed himself to be crucified!!. He must have known that his violent death would have set an example that many people have followed. I always felt a little concerned about the way he kept on publicly digging at the Jewish leaders. I doubt if this was an effective way of helping them to change even if they were hypocritical. Moreover it represented an invitation to get himself killed. What about their guilt in this situation? In my experience of dying for a cause tends to make things more violent. Peace is brought about by people who are willing to talk to each other and listen to each other and be flexible. Unfortunately the average man finds this very difficult.
Finally in my experience Christians seem to feel that life is about suffering. There is also a tendency of Christianity starting with the church fathers to reject sexuality. Yet they believe that God created the world. Presumably then he created sexuality and all the pleasure and delight that is involved. All of nature and life depends on sex. To reject sex is also to reject creativity and for that matter health.
Finally it really bothers me that Christians feel that it is their duty to convert other people to their point of view. I think they would do better to look to their own way of life. In my opinion Christianity has been a disaster in the history of the human race. It has led us to the verge of self-destruction.
I would really appreciate a response from you Tony.
Nick Rowe, firstname.lastname@example.org