Who Are ‘The Least of These’ Jesus Mentions? A Primer, Via Tweet Storm

By the Web Editors 3-21-2017
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Recent comments and executive actions by the Trump administration have inspired people from all faiths to speak out against the xenophobic rhetoric coming from the White House.

Many faith leaders have responded to the administration by using Matthew 25 to combat the administration's rethoric and reinforce how Christians should treat marginalized communities.

But interpretation of who Jesus is referring to as “the least of these” in Matthew 25 gained attention last week when some politically conservative Christians claimed that Jesus was speaking solely about his disciples or other Christians — and not all marginalized and oppressed communities.

Erick Erickson, a conservative radio host, writer, contributor to Fox News, and former editor of RedState.com, known for his critiques of progressive politicians, brought this interpretation into the spotlight with a tweet claiming that Matthew 25 was only talking about caring for other Christians — not people in poverty. 

Responses from numerous faith leaders and scholars made it known they disagreed with Erickson's view of this scripture.

Based on her study of church history, Dr. Diana Butler Bass, a religion author, scholar, and writer, rejected the idea that the least of these were only Christians or Jesus’ disciples, instead explaining that they were specifically people outside of the church.

With a series of tweets, Dr. Butler Bass explains historically who the least of these were and still are today.

Read the entire twitter conversation here.

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