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This U.S. Uncut piece by Kenneth Lipp reports on comments by Pope Francis on the refugee crisis. Pope Francis notes that one of the most egregious sins in the gospels, against which Jesus preached constantly, is hypocrisy. 

The very essence of the Christian gospel rests, not upon opposing abortion, dictating who can marry whom, rejecting science or reason, or securing property rights for the affluent. The heart of the gospel rests upon the ethical injunction to care for the least of these: "For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me... Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me' Matthew 25: 42-45. 

When we close our hearts and our borders to those who are fleeing oppression and death, warfare and certain destruction, who are simply trying to find some semblance of stability in which to care for themselves and their children... there is no other way to say it - we are refusing that injunction, the defining core of Jesus's teaching. And to profess the name of Christ with the lips, while rejecting this injunction with one's actions (or with a nation's actions), is hypocrisy. 

I don't care what stripe of Christianity one espouses, Pope Francis is indisputably correct. 

 


Comments

02/02/2017 9:31am

I also agree with your sentiments. I cannot believe that Christians who try to say that they are faithful, yet do some atrocious things. They are really hypocrites and plastic. A Christian should incorporate him/herself with God's moral values. They shouldn't call themselves as Christians, if they only do so by name.

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02/02/2017 10:42pm

It is true that whatever we did not do to others, we did not do it to our Father in Heaven as well. The Lord requires His children to be kind and good to others. He wants us to show love by any possible means that we can think. We must make other people feel that they are loved especially those who are really in need. I think that what the Pope said is something that will make people like me enlightened on what we are supposed to be doing here on Earth. Thank you so much for this!

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05/26/2017 2:48am

Where there is greed for money, fame the hypocrisy always exists there.

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Most of the famous personalities in the world are hypocrite.

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