Sunday, October 09, 2005

Scriptural "what the?" part one

The Sheep and the Goats

31″When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

41″Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44″They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45″He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46″Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life"

So Jesus in the judgement says we will be judged not by how we believe, not by how righteous we were, but by how we treated others. How does this sit with our current evangelical mindset. We focus so much on believing the right things, or even doing the right things. But here it seems to be not so much about morals, or theology, but people, and how we recognize Jesus in those that surround us.

things that make you go hmmmmm

the rev


Anonymous said...

Do you think it is just as hard to determine what the right things to "do" are as to determine what he right things to "believe" are?

Come to think of it, I'm not sure that either are actually that hard at all. Love God, love your neighbour and do the things listed in passages like what you quote.

Strange how we've managed to make it so complicated,eh?

Jon Owen said...

That scripture doesn't make me worry, it makes me FREAK OUT! I know everything I have ever done for anyone, yet the passage says those that get to heaven don't! Also, I haven't had to clothe anyone naked other than my kids and on one occassion my wife - after she accidentally gave birth at home!

john jensen said...

Doesn't it say that they didn't realize they were treating Jesus that way? The fact that we understand this unfortunately hasn't resulted in a overwhelming display of generousity that has rid the world of hunger, loneliness and nudity. Although some nudity withing the loving bond of marriage is pretty good ;)

the rev

Anonymous said...

My favourite verse. I dislike theology these days.