For the last couple of weeks I was busy cleaning and packing to get ready to go on a family vacation (we drove from Iowa to New Mexico…more on that another day), visiting friends and family while on vacation, and then getting back and trying to figure out how to get into a routine again. It hasn’t been easy. I have found my brain to be fairly devoid of words any time I have tried to actually write a blog post. Until today.
Some good friends of mine were having a discussion on Facebook about this article. It describes the “Tent City” in the Arizona desert in which inmates live in tents in triple digit heat without air conditioning. The main point of contention in the Facebook conversation was the air conditioning–some people thought that not having air conditioning was inhumane; others thought that air conditioning was unnecessary because these are inmates who are there for a reason: to be punished.
There was some good discussion, with people bringing up topics such as what type of crime the person was in jail for, whether or not they’d been sentenced yet, and whether or not punishment deters crime.
But what kept coming into my head was this:
34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by 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 something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.‘ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.‘ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.‘ –Matthew 25:34-45