“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
In a society that boasts of groups of people being all inclusive and accepting of all people, I have found the hypocrisy of this statement in so many circles. When I thought of this article, I was thinking strictly of the church body. However, I see it in all circles from school groups to church groups. There used to be a time where we would sit on the front porch and wave at people as they passed by. We used to pull off to the side of the road to help a fellow man or when we heard of a need, we simply met it with no fear of retribution.
As we talk the talk, are we walking the walk? Are we really taking that extra mile that the Bible talks about? Are we giving of ourselves to the least of these? I know, I may be stepping on a lot of toes. I can only speak on my own experience of the inclusive versus the exclusive groups. In a day where people are more involved in their clicks, we have to be careful not to exclude people, especially within the church body.
There is a great emphasis on the church body on doing “outreach” in the community. The problem with that is that we will find it more difficult reaching outside the church walls if we have not reached within. What I mean by that is, if you are part of a church body that has segments in it where only certain people are accepted in that group, you cannot expect to reach outside the body to bring people in that toxic environment. It will only confirm their belief about the church being judgemental and full of hypocrites.
My challenge to every group is to first reach within your church, your community, your class, your _________, to the least of these. Once you have become inclusive, only then will we see a true revival in our communities.