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Letter to the Editor: We have collectively spat in God’s face

During Holy Week we focus on the suffering of Christ and tend to fault the fickleness of the Jews who cried “Hosanna” one week and “Crucify him” the next. As we sing, “Were You There,” we may think we would never have been a part of that crowd. Yet, collectively as a nation, we have spat in his face and treated him shamefully. Matthew 25:40 says, “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.”  

Many passages of Scripture instruct us in God’s expectations for justice. In Jeremiah 22:3 we read, “Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless, or the widow.” Yet we tear children from the arms of their mothers and imprison all in for-profit detention camps in deplorable conditions.

Proverbs 31:8-9 says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Isaiah 58:10 says, “If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness.” The light of the Statue of Liberty has been extinguished.

We have been blessed with so much but, like self-centered children, refuse to share. Dare we say, “God Bless America?”