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An incognito Lord

Destiny of all rests on how we attend to voices at bottom of human pile

Read Matthew 25:31-46.

It's amazing that the most affluent country in the history of the world is still trying to find the basic resolve and ingenuity to care for, and feed, all of her people. How can we in this nation, which is more professedly Christian than all of its counterparts in the developed world, still be struggling to practice fundamental Christian behavior?

Of all the New Testament expressions about divine judgment, none is more explicit than Jesus' word about our need to care for others. The destiny of the righteous and unrighteous will be determined on the basis of how we attend to the voices at the bottom of the human pile. How will the lives of those whose names do not appear on anyone's cell phone contact list, much less the church's prayer chain, figure into our love?

Notice that there is no heavenly entrance exam requiring individuals to profess their faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. Jesus makes no mention of correct beliefs at all.


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