Further Comments on Social Justice

Here are a couple more thoughts on the topic of that post on poverty that I made yesterday…

Jesus made this statement,

You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me. (Matthew 26:11 HCSB)

This is not an excuse for us to be lazy and not help them. I had a discussion on this topic with a fellow Baptist one day and he actually used this verse as justification to NOT help the poor. I really don’t think that is the point that Jesus was trying to make. Here is the whole story:

While Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon, a man who had a serious skin disease, a woman approached Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive fragrant oil. She poured it on His head as He was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw it, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This might have been sold for a great deal and given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a noble thing for Me. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me. By pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she has prepared Me for burial. I assure you: Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her.” (Matthew 26:6-13 HCSB)

Jesus wasn’t telling them to not serve the poor, but He was telling them to serve Him first. Well, the way we serve Jesus is by serving others. And, as I quoted yesterday,

“And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’ (Matthew 25:40 HCSB)

If only God would break us more for those who are in need…

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