Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
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This is an age of binary choices. Yes or No. In or Out. My facts or Your facts. Dog whistles that once made no sound are blaring now for the purpose of sorting. In conversation with people just a turn of a phrase, a hint at a news source will betray our allegiance and all further conversation is lost. We have even lost the topic of the weather as being safe, unarguable. And then there is our relationship with God who is busy with identifying the righteous ones who have the distinct characteristic of not knowing who they are. The righteous ones don't know they are righteous. They don't know that when they called a neighbor or fed a stranger or protected a vulnerable one that they were in the presence of God. They didn't do it because it was God. They just did it. And they keep on doing it whether or not anyone notices or they ever get thanked. Oaks of righteousness holding up the world. Maybe in our conversations with one another, instead of listening for the code words for whose side we are on, we listen for what the needs are and give as we are able. Maybe those are the only facts that matter.
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Holy God, Use me this day for your purposes. Amen.