I can’t even…what the heck…how do you justify this???
I just listened to the press conference from OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, outlining the current administration’s proposed budget cuts. The things that they particularly focused on were EPA funding, and funds given to states which are used to implement Meals on Wheels and school food programs to benefit kids who might not get enough to eat.
Now, let’s leave the EPA out of the argument for now because I know that is a more controversial issue for those who are more conservative. Let’s just focus on the food programs that benefit the elderly and children.
I just want to ask a simple question here. I’m asking this question of U.S. citizens only right now. Do you think that U.S. citizens should be entitled to enough nutritious food to fuel their bodies each day?
What is your answer? Has anybody answered no? If so, please clue me in to your reasoning. Why should we not help feed seniors who need help with shopping/food preparation/getting nutritious food? Is it better for them to suffer from malnutrition? Is it better for them to starve? Is it better for them to fall and break a hip because they’re standing at the stove cooking? And why should we let kids who don’t have enough food to eat at home go hungry when they’re at school? Do they learn better that way? Should the kids be punished because their parents are poor? Are you really saying that if you are poor, disabled, old, or unable to shop for or prepare food that you don’t deserve to eat? Really?
Are people really defending this proposal?
If you identify yourself as a Christian, and you believe that we should cut these most basic programs which feed nutritionally at-risk seniors and children, you are living in a fantasy world. You are not a Christian. You are a Pharisee and a hypocrite. You’re not fooling anybody except yourself.
What did Jesus say about hypocrites?
27 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. 28 Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
37 “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? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 “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!’
41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’
45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’
I am so angry that people would claim to be followers of God and then willfully ignore the plight of those who don’t have enough to eat. Shame on you. You will have to answer to God someday and I hope that you repent while you’re able to. If you cannot understand why God wants you to feed the hungry, then you need to study your Bible until you do understand it. Read it for a year if you need to, but you need to internalize God’s central message of love before you can claim that He is guiding your actions.
Rant over and I’m going to try to stop fuming so I can sleep tonight.