If you are anything like me, you are foggy from the Thanksgiving Feast a couple of days ago and all the unbelievable food and family that goes along with it. Our scripture passages for today foretold the events that went before us on Thursday, before we were all overfed like these verses 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. So often I find that the scripture of the week parallels our lives.
Bible scripture is in a word, brilliant, written by prescient creative people who understood the human soul. According to Martin Luther, one of the founders of the Reformation whose 500th Anniversary we just celebrated, scripture was the thing we should focus on for understanding our faith. “Sola Scriptura!” he claimed, meaning that our understanding of God comes through the scripture. Luther preached the elimination of a middle man, historically the Priest since he was Catholic, as an interpreter between us and God. I can buy into that for the most part. Thus, he is one of the religious leaders who encouraged a whole sect of believers called Protestants to which we are a part. Fast forward 500 years and here we are, among the many Protestant Christians of many different denominations and non-denominations.
However, in some ways we find we have lost our way. We seem to wonder where we went wrong as in these verses, 37 ‘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.’” Arguably, we have evidence to our losing our way by observing the vastly declining numbers of people who are actually attending worship. You may