We Leave Christ Naked, Hungry, and Alone

Jesus once taught His disciples about the final judgment, when all men will stand before God and answer for the things they have done.  He said this:

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.  Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’  “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’  Then they also will answer, 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?’  Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’  And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matt. 25:31-46). 

Many of us (and I include myself in this statement as perhaps the chief of all sinners) confess Christ with our lips but deny Him through our actions because our hearts are far from Him.  We say we believe, but our faith is dead; it is lifeless; it is stale.  We say Christ came to save the world, to usher in the Kingdom of God, but we live as if He never rose from the grave—and for this we shall be held accountable.  For, “as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me,” He says.  Herein lays the disturbing and profound truth of this statement:    

When we ignore the little children being kidnapped or sold into the commercial sex industry and monstrously abused and neglected by hordes of foul men, we are ignoring Christ.  When we fail to provide assistance for the teenage mother, abandoned by her friends and family, without hope and alone, we are failing and neglecting Christ.  When we sit back quietly as the same single mother, out of fear and shame, has her unborn child executed, we are driving the very nails through His hands on the cross.  When we stand by in silence as transgendered teenagers are bullied to the point of suicide we are bullying and murdering Christ.  When we scoff at the homeless drug addict begging for cash on the side of the road we are scoffing at Christ.  When we laugh at, make fun of, or speak hatefully towards homosexuals we are mocking Christ.  When we leave millions of abandoned or unwanted children to rot and die on the streets or in some orphanage, we are abandoning Christ.  When we look at pornography, thus objectifying other human beings in order to satiate our own perverted lusts, we objectify Christ.  When we cling to our wealth, our comfort, our pleasures, our freedom of speech, our liberties, our country, and our homes—failing to help those who are hurting, lonely, hungry, lost, and in need–we  leave Christ naked, hungry, and alone.


One thought on “We Leave Christ Naked, Hungry, and Alone

  1. The message of this article is powerful and true. It really is essential to the gospel message. The compassion and love that is required of all Christians came home to me recently in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy here in NYC. I went to the Y where I am a member to workout. When I entered, the Y had been turned into a vast healthcare facility for hundreds of emotionally disturbed and physically disabled persons from the Rockaways. All they had with them were a few — very few — items of clothing, and each was assigned a cot. They were heavily medicated and stupefied. The sadness was palpable. They looked so forlorn. They were people who already were being “taken care of” by society, but some may see it as being warehoused. Some might see them as society’s rejects or losers, and they sure had the look of people who feel like nobodies and have the dejection that comes from bigtime rejection. Yet, they are precious in the sight of God. They are created in the image of god just as much as the greatest olympic athletes, the top professors, and the other success stories (sic) of our land and the world.

    Please keep writing the message of this article over and over and over again. And let’s not forget to remind all at the same time that Christ is the one who gives life to our fallen world. Without him, at best we can be social workers. With Him, we can be agents of His redemptive work in a fallen world.

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