When did we become a society that does not care about or take care of the weak and the vulnerable? Matthew 25:40, yes I’m getting biblical in my post, says “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Imagine yourself as a school student. Imagine that the adults of today are attacking your source of education. Imagine that because your mom or dad were unemployed, that you were told that your parent is lazy. Imagine that because your mom or dad used food benefits to ensure that your family did not starve, that your mom or dad has to take a drug test to prove that they do not do drugs. Imagine that as a child, you are told that your religion is wrong. Our kids today hear these message often from mom and dad and today’s politician’s.
Today’s political climate forgets that the least of these could easily be any American. I was always taught that those you pass on your way up, you could easily pass on your way down. No American wakes up in the morning and says “I think I’ll be poor forever.” This is the misconception that all people below the poverty line remain poor because they are comfortable being poor. It’s almost the equivalent of saying that those that are sick are comfortable being sick. This is the message that repeats over and over in our society today. It is a message more now than ever along with the poor, elderly, children, disabled, and schools are the reason that American is in the mess that we are in.
While we are hearing these messages, there are children in the United States going without basic needs. We have children in this country getting sub par education. We have children dropping out of school at alarming rates. We, as parents have a voice. We want our children job ready when they leave high school if they are not college ready. We want college students that do not have to take remedial classes. We want to ensure that our children are taken care of. The message that our children are getting today is that it is okay to be self preserving. It is okay to think that because we may be working poor or middle class that we shouldn’t help anyone else. What type of world are we leaving our kids?
The reality that we face is tough. The United States has been in a recession before, but I do not remember any where in history that needed programs were slashed because it was the right thing to do. The right thing to do would be investing in programs to put America back to work. The right thing would be investing in programs to ensure that our elderly, the people who helped build this country and taught us as children, are taken care of. The right thing to do is to make sure that low-income families can build an emergency fund so that when times get tough, they can do what the middle class has been able to do for years, pull from their savings and to encourage our children to save for their futures.
Our nation has lost its compassion. Our children have lost their creativity and are now being taught how to take a test instead of being taught how to be creative and problem solve. We as a nation need to get back to the core of Matthew 25:40. I hear so many politicians right now talking about their Christian roots, but the fact of the matter is that our Christian roots go back to Matthew 25:40 and if we are going to use the Bible as our common element, we have to use all of the Bible and not the parts that suit our cause. Living with a spiteful heart is not the answer. Yes I said spiteful because right now some politicians have sewn a seed of division and discontent and pointed fingers at families and individuals that are doing their best to keep their heads above water. So in the middle of your rant or tirade today about something you heard on CNN or Fox News, remember that we have to take care of our brother because we are our brother’s keeper.