Matthew: 35-39 — For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it for me.”
Just recently I read one of the most asinine articles “Pope Francis can show the GOP the way” written by Marc A. Thiessen of the Washington Post. The writer in question chides the Republican Party for not being more sympathetic to the poor and the downtrodden of this country as say the Democrats I assume. In his piece, Mr. Thiessen tells the GOP that they must be more like Pope Francis in coming down to the level of the poor and be more caring for them as he was as a cardinal in Buenos Aires when he would visit the poor in the inner cities and barrios. Mr. Thiessen warns the GOP that unless they embrace the poor they have little to no chance to regain the White House or regain seats in the Congress and Senate.
My friends, I don’t know where Mr. Thiessen has been the last 5 years, but one has to wonder if he’s aware that not since the high unemployment rate of 13% (highest since the Depression) of the Democrat led Carter Administration in the 70s, the unemployment rate of 8+% (highest in over 20 years) for the last 5 years has been under the Obama Administration. And what does high unemployment mean to U.S. workers? It means meager unemployment benefits where families suffer to try to provide for their families and pay their debtors, leaving little for not enjoying the benefit of having a job! Unemployment is so prevalent today under the Obama Administration that this last year 2.5 million more people slipped into poverty making the number of Americans living below the official poverty level to 46.2 million people, the highest number in 52 years. The unemployment rate under this administration is higher, but millions are not counted because they simply have stopped looking for work because there are no jobs to be found. Those who are employed are now paying more in taxes and when the Obamacare Health Program kicks in 2014, their paychecks will shrink further. And to add injury to insult, those workers who don’t purchase the mandated government run insurance program will be fined as will be employers!
As for Pope Francis visiting the poor, he can fly to the U.S. and visit the 10 poorest cities in our country where many folks live below the poverty level: Detroit, MI-32.5%; Buffalo, NY-29.9%; Cincinnati, OH-27.8%; Miami, FL-26.9%; St. Louis, MO-26.8%; El Paso, TX-26.4%; Milwaukee, WI-26.2%; Philadelphia, PA-25.1% and Newark, NJ-24.2%. And what do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common? They all have elected Democrat mayors and most have not elected a Republican mayor in years!
Folks, I’m no saint, but I can’t remember the last time I missed mass on Sunday. And, for as many years, I give as much as I can afford to my parish church, as does my wife. Besides donating to my parish I also donate to worthy causes such as to the retired nuns who taught me in Catholic school and to Pro Life groups. Just recently I sent a hefty check to the IRS so they can give my hard earned tax dollars to help feed the poor and hungry of our country. So, I hope the Lord is pleased that I give to my church and pay taxes to help feed the poor and hungry in my country.
My friends I’ve run into a lot of street people who reek of liquor, and have asked me for a handout and truthfully, they just don’t appear to be dying of hunger. I wonder if the Lord will be disappointed that I don’t give these individuals a handout. As an example, do ya’ll think the Lord would be displeased with me when a man once told me he was hungry and wanted money and I in turn offered to buy him a meal where I played music and he told me he didn’t like that damn Mexican food, and I told him to go to hell! Do ya’ll think the Lord will be displeased with me when a young man asked me for a handout in San Antonio because he couldn’t find a job and I told him there was a kitchen job opening at a nearby pizza place and he told me they didn’t pay enough and laughed when he said he made more money panhandling? Do ya’ll think the Lord will be sadden with me when I was angered by an obese woman who bought chips, donuts, cold drinks, candies, and paid with her WIC card and then bought a 6 pack of beer and a carton of cigarettes costing $54 with her ATM card?
As for clothing the poor, my wife and I for years have taken our kids and our clothes to her poor family in Mexico so they can use them or sell them. We also donate all of our old clothes to outlets that sell used clothes to the poor and needy.
In welcoming a stranger, do ya’ll think the Lord will be angry with me in that I don’t believe in illegal immigration? I don’t mind people from wherever coming to my country by abiding our immigration laws. Just recently they caught a man from Mexico who had raped and battered 3 women in Dallas. Last year, an illegal alien raped and killed a young girl in Denton and then set fire to her car with her inside. He then left for Mexico. I personally witnessed a drunk illegal alien at high speed plow into a car killing two occupants as they left their Sunday church services as he fled from the police. He posted his bail bond and has never paid for his crime. I ask my fellow Americans am I wrong in feeling this way about illegal immigration?
Finally, would God and Pope Francis be pleased if I joined a political party like the Democrats who supposedly(?) help the poor, the unemployed, illegal aliens, take money in the form of taxes from hard working Americans and give to those who don’t work and who support killing the unborn and are for same sex marriage? I await your answers to see if ya’ll feel I am wrong in my religious and political beliefs.
... written by jiveman1 , April 12, 2013
Leviticus 19:11 “You shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.” Proverbs 19:5 ESV “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.”
“The American International Group, beneficiary of a $170 billion bail-out, is preparing to dole out $100 million in bonuses to executives as thousands around the country lose their homes to foreclosure, struggle with their first days, weeks, and months of homelessness, and fail to find gainful work. Our economy is crashing, families are struggling to live, and the rich continue to steal from the poor, the people, those who pay taxes.”
“While many Americans believe illegal immigrants don't pay taxes, billions of dollars deducted from paychecks issued to undocumented workers flow to the Social Security Administration (SSA) every year. Those workers almost certainly will never see that money again” “About $11.2 billion went into the Social Security Trust Fund in 2007, and $2.6 billion went into Medicare. While that money will be used to pay retirees and health-care beneficiaries, it most likely will never be claimed by the illegal immigrants who contributed it.” Why don’t you post the scams that happen every day when those in power are caught?? “IT’S HAPPENING EVERY DAY.
“Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:21pm EST CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Reuters) - A judge on Thursday sentenced the founder of Peregrine Financial Group to 50 years in prison for looting hundreds of millions of dollars from the brokerage, saying his customers would probably never recover the money they lost.” “Repent or: “YOU’RE GOING TO HELL.”
... written by jiveman1 , April 14, 2013
One more thing; Quote: "So, I hope the Lord is pleased that I give to my church and pay taxes to help feed the poor and hungry in my country."
Sorry to tell you that the Lord is very disappointed in you. It's obvious that you don't "WANT" to pay taxes to feed the poor. Besides, you are against what the Bible teaches.
Matthew 6:1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven." 2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others." 4 "so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."
By Jordan Rau, Apr 13, 2013 10:31 PM EDT The Washington Post "Doctor-owned hospitals are earning many of the largest bonuses from the federal health law’s new quality programs, even as the law halts their growth."
Cuts in Education funds. "Gourley, 36, is worried that interest rates on the subsidized Stafford loans that she had planned to rely on for her bachelor’s degree in nursing will double unless Congress intervenes. That would add to the already daunting cost of going back to school."
Look at what "GOD" wants you to do; "NOT" what "YOU" want to do. And stop attacking "HIS church "AND HIS" people.