Christmas about the needy, not the greedy
By Kevin Palmer
Remembering the needy and despised is the gift Jesus desires for his birthday. Unfortunately, many at Christmas time do not care.
To those Jesus will say, “For I was hungry and you gave men nothing to eat.” Consequently, the Borgen Project says, 842 million suffer from hunger worldwide and approximately 9 million people die of world hunger each year.
Not only that, “I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink.” Consequently, the World Health Organization says, globally at least 2 billion people are forced to use drinking water from sources contaminated with feces which causes an estimated 502,000 diarrheal deaths each year. Not only that, “I was a stranger and you did not invite me in.”
Consequently, the National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates each night in America there are over half million people without a roof over their head. Not only that, “I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.” Consequently, the Census Bureau says there are plenty of sick people who need attention because over 28 million in the U.S. are without health insurance.
Furthermore, there are plenty of prisoners to visit. It is reported there are over 2 million people incarcerated in the United States. Jesus ends, “Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did not do for me.”
Therefore, no matter what Wall Street or retailers say, Christmas is not about profit, but about Jesus by remembering the needy, not the greedy.