“The Social Gospel” (Matthew 25: 46, NEB) by Carley Evans


God “separates men into two groups” — with men who behave as goats on His left, and men who behave as sheep on His right. The goats do not come to God’s help while the sheep do. The sheep help those who are without shelter, without food, without clothing; who are in sickness or imprisoned. The goats fail to help, living a life of selfishness, apparently oblivious to others’ suffering. They do not shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick or those imprisoned. They do not help God.

Both groups ask, “When did we see You, Lord?”

God responds to both, “When you see My brothers, You see Me.” He explains,”What you do or fail to do for them, You do or fail to do for Me.”

The goats Jesus says, “go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous [sheep] enter eternal life.”

He says to these sheep, “You have my Father’s blessing; come, enter and possess the kingdom that has been made for you since before the world was made.” (Matthew 25: 34)

“Treat others as you like them to treat you,” says Jesus. (Luke 6: 31) And as you treat others according to this “golden rule,” you treat Jesus as well.