by Charles S. Oaxpatu
Please read carefully the following words spoken straight from the mouth of our Divine Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the New Testament:
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 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.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal (Matthew 25: 31-46)
Jesus is very clear on the above matter. The other approximately 2,000 verses in the Holy Bible where God exhorts human beings to care for and fulfill the needs of poor people are equally clear.
Then there are these four overarching scriptures. These words from Jesus sum up the whole plate of spaghetti—meatballs and all:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (Matthew 22: 37-40).
Got all that? Good!!!
Now, here comes the really weird stuff. Another annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is coming up soon. The big news coming out of last year’s meeting was all the persistent racism that still exists in the minds and hearts of so very many Southern Baptist pewsitters. I am concerned that the big news coming out of this year’s annual meeting might, in the end, turn out to be an official SBC decision to defy the foregoing scriptures. Why do I have this concern?
Please take a really close look at the following very serious resolution one Southern Baptist pastor has officially filed with the SBC for the upcoming annual meeting—apparently in hopes that it will gain committee approval and a majority of the SBC messengers will vote in favor of it. In essence, a majority vote in favor of this resolution would make it a matter of official SBC policy. Get a load of this:
In my honest opinion, SBC approval of this resolution would be tantamount to the SBC declaring all out war against the foregoing words of Jesus and against poor people, sick people, hungry people, homeless people, imprisoned people, and all sorts of other suffering people and outcasts in American society. These Southern Baptists so easily forget one simple fact. Jesus was a social outcast in his own time. He came to minister to his own people (the Jewish people) first and then to all of the other peoples of the world.
The leaders of the Jewish people and the Roman leaders of Judea failed to recognize who Jesus really was—and they nailed him to a tree. If Jesus came back today as a poor man and an outcast, I wonder how many Southern Baptists would fail to recognize Jesus and nail him to a tree? Personally, I suspect the leaders of the SBC and most of the Southern Baptist rank-and file would never recognize him—and nail him to another tree.