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40 And the King God H Jesus Christ will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’
– Matthew 25: 40-45
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
– Mark 10:13-16
I still refer to these texts as laudable and personally love them as influencing my worldview. The New Testament version of the Bible is loaded with texts about caring for one’s enemies, strangers from foreign lands, the least of these. It discusses defying tradition for what is right.
What is going on in the world at our borders and the version of a Christianity on display now across America is what turned me from the deepest belief possible. It really is sad how great the message of the Bible can be … and how revolting it’s lived out by those who claim it as “the way … the only way …”