We are human beings, and as such we have to choose how to define our humanity, and the human race in general. We have to choose our path, our values, our priorities. We have to choose whether to model ourselves after examples of civility, decency, generosity, creativity, and fraternity, or to do our own thing, reflected in the ubiquitously degenerate condition of humanity.
We have to answer the question: Am I my brothers keeper? And we have to decide what that means to us.
We have to decide whether to live according to the principles to which we often claim to adhere, or in which we claim to believe, or otherwise to be honest and say that we do not believe in or follow them. To do otherwise would be hypocrisy.
If we have a religious affiliation, the tenets of our religion almost certainly encourage caring about the welfare of others, especially the least fortunate and most afflicted. We have to choose whether to follow our religion’s tenets, or to suffer in our conscience due to failure to comply with what we believe to be right.
In chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus Christ said the following about caring for the hungry:
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Christ spoke plainly. It needs no interpretation in order for anyone to understand it.
Christianity is not the only faith to teach caring for the hungry poor. Yours does, as well. But do you?
And if you have no religion, you are a god unto yourself. So what kind of god do you want to be? The kind that someone could admire, or the kind that we have everywhere you turn?
Each of us has a small part to play, but if we do not play our part, we share in the responsibility for what the world becomes, and for what humanity becomes. And for the suffering of those who cannot do for themselves what we who are more fortunate could do, collectively, if we cared.
I know you care. I am confident that you do care. But perhaps you are among the ones who think that your tiny contribution really makes no significant difference, and so you do not contribute the small amount available to you. But know this: Every little bit makes a difference, and everything you do makes a difference.
Do not be embarrassed, if you can only make a small contribution. If everyone made a small contribution, whenever possible, the world would be a Paradise today.
Make your contribution today. And be blessed for it.