GOP, Bible, and and Food Stamps

GOP, Bible, and and Food Stamps from Flickr common creative licensing.

Voting largely along party lines, Republicans have pushed through a bill to cut $40 billion from food stamps over the next 10 years.

There is a time to discuss the politics of this bill.  However, here I want to invite us to ponder the morality of this.

Many of the same Republicans who support this bill have opposed same-sex marriage rights based on a narrow and literal reading of the Bible.

I wonder about the selective reading of the Bible.   If they are going to read the Bible literally when it comes to marriage/sexuality issues, I wonder why they do not read the bible literally when it comes to poverty issues.  I wonder why they do not read the bible literally when it comes to justice issues.

What part of the Gospel according to St. Matthew did they miss, when Christ says:

25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 
         ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

25:42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;
25:43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

25:44 “Then they also will answer Him, 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?’

25:45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.

What you do to the “least of these”, you do onto Me.  

What part of the “least of these” do these Republicans not understand?

What part of “those who are dependent on food to survive” do they not understand?

Food Stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

Food Stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Courtesy of Wikipedia

By what standard of morality do many of these Republicans count themselves as followers of Christ, when they violate the very literal ethical teachings of Christ that compels us to care for the “Least of These”?

Time for selective morality is over.
If someone claims to be religious, claims to be moral, let them stand up and be counted based on how they provide for the “least” of God’s children.

Otherwise we are left with a situation that the literal reading of scripture telling us to care for the poor is ignored, the dubious reading of sexual politics is enforced.  That fails the test of consistency, fails the test of compassion, fails the test of justice, and ultimately, fails the test of Christ.

So many of the Republicans claim to take the Bible as the literal word of God.  Let them open their bible to Chapter 25 of Gospel according to St. Matthew, and read the words of Christ carefully before cutting the food to the least of God’s children.

8 Comments

  1. Bravo!
    Let them also open their Qurans and Books of Mormon:

    “Have you seen him who denies the religion? He is the one who harshly rebuffs the orphan and does not urge the feeding of the poor. So woe to those who do prayer, and are forgetful of their prayer, those who show off and deny help to others.” –Surat al-Ma’un: 1-7

    “And also, ye yourselves will asuccor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.
    Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—

    But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.

    For behold, are we not all abeggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?” — Mosiah 4:16-19

    • And as long as we’re quoting from the Quran, let’s quote this part as well:

      “We also sent Lut : He said to his people : “Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you? For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.” (Qur’an 7:80-81)

      Feeding the poor is approved in the Quran, but gay marriage is NOT approved. Period.

  2. Meh! Nowhere does it say that more government is the answer to fixing societal problems. Feeding the poor is supposed to be a “getting your hands dirty” mission for the Christian. Not to let a secular government misspend tax dollars wastefully.

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