Christians in Deed?
By: Bryan Knowles
The world is full of nominal Christians-but how many are Christians in deed? The Christian Bible makes it clear that mere belief is not enough.
A United States Senator recently quoted a very moving, yet indicting poem, “Listen Christian!” (by Bob Rowland), which reads as follows: I was hungry and you formed a humanities club and discussed my hunger. Thank you.
I was imprisoned and you crept off quietly to your chapel in the cellar and prayed for my release.
I was naked and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance.
I was sick and you knelt and thanked God for your health.
I was homeless and you preached to me about the spiritual shelter of the love of God.
I was lonely and you left me alone to pray for me.
Christian, you seem so holy; so close to God But I’m still very hungry, and lonely, and cold…
This poignant poem is an obvious modification of the words of Jesus Himself as recorded in Matthew 25:35-36: “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.”