When I was about 8 years old, I remember seeing a news story about how the elderly people in the Soviet Union were struggling to survive because they weren’t provided health care or food. I remember thinking how glad I was that I lived in the United States, where we would never allow that to happen to our citizens.
That is who we are. That is the kind of people we have always been. We take care of our people because it is the right thing to do. It doesn’t matter who they are or where they came from. The only thing that matters is that they need help, and we can help them.
The fundamental teaching of almost all religions is “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.” What has happened to us as a people, that we have forgotten this basic tenant of our religions. Now we beat each other up with Bible verses that supposedly back up whatever belief we are trying to convince others is the right one. I don’t think the Bible was ever meant to be used as a weapon. When did the word ‘Christian’ stop meaning to treat others with kindness and start meaning to denounce people who don’t believe the way we believe.
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