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A Parable

Written by Corey Magstadt : February 4, 2008

parablebig.jpgWhen the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. The entire nation will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another. He will put the donkeys on his left and the elephants on his right.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you took away my food stamps, I was thirsty and you polluted the water, I was a stranger and you built a fence, I was in prison and you tortured me, I was poor and you cut taxes for the rich.’

They will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or in prison or poor and did not help you?’

He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

Then the King will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was not yet born and you fervently fought for my death, I was hungry and thirsty and a stranger and poor and you did nothing but give money to more programs.’

They will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you unborn or hungry or thirsty or a stranger or poor and did not help you?’

He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

He turned to those on his right and his left and said, ‘I brought a kingdom and you trusted a democracy. You thought your government relieved you of your responsibility. Depart from me, I never knew you.’ Then those on his left and those on his right went away to eternal punishment.

The king looked around and saw that no righteous remained.

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Corey is the pastor of The River Church in Chaska, MN. He has two wonderful kids and an even more wonderful wife. Corey also blogs at www.learning-to-listen.blogspot.com.


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