In Matthew 25 Jesus describes what will happen at the final judgment when He will separate the sheep from the goats (the sheep being those who are invited into Heaven and the goats being the ones who are not). He tells those designated as the "goats" that He was hungry and no one fed him, thirsty and no one offered him a drink, a strange with no one welcoming him in, etc. The confused people will then ask Jesus when it was that they ignored His need, and they will learn that they ignored Jesus' need by ignoring the needs of those who are less privileged than they. In saying this, Jesus said that social justice does matter. Serving the homeless is important. Caring for the needy should be a priority. That being the case, why has the Church often forget to look out for these people? Certainly we have leaders like Mother Theresa who demonstrated Christ's love to people by her lifestyle, but what has the local church done to reach out? Jesus said that people who truly love Him love those who are in need, and they are willing to meet whatever tangible needs they're capable of meeting. When you see someone with tangible needs you can meet, do you help? Several years ago I saw a really great movie that told the story of a woman who heard these verses in church and decided to put them into action. The movie is Walking Across Egypt, and I highly recommend it. It carries a PG-13 rating for some language, so it's not a good movie for young kids.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.