Why Do Christians Allow Christ to Go Hungry?
by Charles Cherry
“Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:44-46 ESV)
I’m wondering why so many who consider themselves to be Christians allow Christ to suffer so much. Hundreds of thousands of our Christian family members are starving, or naked, or in prison, or in exile in strange lands, and American Christians, for the most part, are clueless.
Jesus said that when we care for the needs of the “least of these,” we are caring for His needs. When we neglect the needs of the “least of these,” we are neglecting His needs. Since there are currently hundreds of thousands of Christians around the world who are hungry, or naked, or in prison, or in exile, and Americans have the resources to meet these needs and are not doing so, what does that say about us and our faith?
The Apostle James pulls no punches about it:
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:14-17 ESV)
This holiday season, Americans (90% of which say they believe in God), will spend upwards of 180 BILLION dollars on Christmas presents for themselves, their families, and friends. More millions will be spent on holiday decorations, Christmas trees, lights, etc. More millions will be spent on gasoline and jet fuel as we travel around the country visiting family and friends, and shopping for the aforementioned presents and decorations. American businesses will spend more billions advertising the aforementioned presents and decorations.
It seems a rather conservative estimate that Americans, both private individuals, businesses, organizations and churches, will together spend close to three hundred billion dollars to “celebrate Christ’s birth.” It seems highly ironic, then, that while all this money is being spent to celebrate the Savior’s birth, the Savior himself is laying huddled on the ground, naked and cold, suffering from malnutrition brought on by extreme poverty.
I think we Americans, and especially we Americans who consider ourselves to be members of Christ’s Body, will have a lot to answer for at the Last Judgment.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus.