Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus proclaims that how you treat the hungry, the
thirsty, the sick and other "least of these," is how you treat
Jesus himself. And if you
fail to help the "least of these," Jesus promises, he will
send you to Hell.
premise of this essay is that you can't be a true Christian if the focus
of your life is thwarting others and the society itself from fully
implementing such a fundamental teaching of Christianity as Matthew
fine to oppose government programs to help the Matthew 25 "least of
these," but then you must propose Equivalent Alternative Solutions.
Solutions are ones which:
- help at least the same number of those
people who legitimately need help
- provide at least the same amount of
effective assistance to those people
- get the help to them at least as
- are at least as certain to accomplish
Alternative Solutions can certainly be completely non-governmental,
as long as they meet the four criteria directly above.
Christians are defined by both their opposition
to the plans of others to help the "least of these," and their
failure to offer any
Equivalent Alternative Solutions.
behavior puts right-wing pseudo-Christians into the category of the
cursed goats whom Jesus describes in Matthew 25 and condemns to Hell.