|Matt. 25:31-46 as a Wordle (from "Rectory Musings")|
In spite of these facts, certain politicians have taken delight in deriding President Obama for his support of feeding children, the elderly, and other Americans in genuine need of assistance in hard economic times. What is particularly troubling from a faith perspective is that these same presidential aspirants habitually tout their Christian faith and habitually criticize the president for his supposedly "secularist" attacks on religion. They call him a "socialist on the European model," further implying an anti-religious bias Mr. Obama does not actually have.
That is, a certain faction of American Christians have managed to find fault with the president for not only doing precisely what his predecessors did, but also for supporting what is clearly a government program that fulfills one of Christ's measures of true faith, namely feeding the poor (Matthew 25:31-46). This faction of Christians has managed to appear hard-hearted, to be politically divisive, and to cast faith in Christ in a light that does not reflect his teachings and ministry. Rep. Gutierrez thanked all three presidents for being "food stamp presidents," and so should we. Amen.
P.S. You can read the transcript of Rep. Gutierrez's remarks (here).