This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Who Are "The least of These?
I have raged against the Left’s corruption of this Scripture for years. Recently I ran across an excellent article that I can now pull from for this post.
Tell me have you ever heard a Leftie finish the phrase much less the whole story? Here is what Jesus said
Matt 25:40. "The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Jesus never refers elsewhere to the Jews as his brothers and sisters. So who is He talking about? Definitely not down and out Jews standing around?
Secondly, He could not have meant needy Gentiles (non-Jews). That could have gotten him attacked on the spot.
To understand who He did mean, we have to read on: Vs 41 "Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’44 "They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’45 "He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
If we follow the Lefties belief that the least of these are the world’s marginalized, then Jesus would have been contradicting everything else in the New Testament, including vitiating His own death on the Cross. No where in the New Testament does anyone teach that if you don’t take care of the marginalized, you are thrown into eternal fire! That is destructive theology.
Then who are the "least of these?" The key lies in Matt. 10:40 when He sent his 70 disciples out to announce the Kingdom. "Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me". And the rewards language in chapter 10 is conspicuously similar, "And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward" (v. 42).
So who are the least of these? The least of these are us, His disciples.
Salvation comes when one receives Jesus whom we preach, period.