Of late, there has been some discussion about socialism. Just what is socialism? Is it good? Is it bad? The other day, I ran across some words written many years ago. I thought I’d share them with you.

“For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me.” Sounds like socialism to me.

Those of you who are Christians might recognize these words as those of Jesus, according to Matthew in chapter 25. Perhaps Jesus was a socialist. I know many Christians (in fact I am one). I also know a few who proclaim to be atheists. Most of those atheists believe and try to live those words from Matthew 25. Sadly, some of the Christians I know do not follow those same words. I don’t think they even believe them.

Perhaps if more people followed the principles outlined in those short verses, we wouldn’t have to squander so much of our love and treasure on extreme measures of so-called “security.” The road to justice is not paved with guns.

Peter P. Sirois

Madison

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