Bil Browning

Jesus Doesn't Love the Welfare State

Filed By Bil Browning | August 21, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

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Tags: Marvin Olasky, World magazine

"Here is how Jesus' words, in light of his own teaching and the whole counsel of God, could be modernized for application to welfare statists: 'I despaired and you gave me stew, when what I truly needed was my birthright. I was an alcoholic and you gave me money that I used to buy another bottle, while you walked away applauding yourself. I lived for immediate gratification and needed the discipline of work and family, but you gave me shelter without responsibility so that I did not have to look back or ahead. Now depart from me into the eternal fire.'"

-- Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of the evangelical magazine World, in an oped entitled "The Bible's Most Misused Verse." The verse, of course, is Matthew 25:40, "As you did to one of the least of these my brothers, you did to me."

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"I was HUNGRY and you gave me a hearty stew, not just stale bread. I was THIRSTY and you gave me something to drink, and water to take with me for later. I was in need of SHELTER, and you stopped to talk to me, let me ride next to you in your car, took me to a shelter where I would be safe and comfortable for the night, and gave me a few bucks for the bus, so I could get to a soup kitchen in the morning."

"You don't shout at me as you drive by, the words 'Get a job!' stabbing me, when no one will give me work."

"You recognize that my needs are all immediate. A next meal, a place to sleep tonight, kindness, clothing, and you don't chew me out for that focus."

Leigh Anne, that's how I "update" that verse to the modern times. Jesus was never against the poor and down-trodden, he was against the self-righteous and rules-followers. Jesus would have done what you rephrased and done so with happiness.

I know Jesus and Marvin Olasky is no Jesus.