I was listening to a certain news channel a few days ago, and a right-wing commentator was railing about howRepublicans were just as bad as Democrats, primarily for passing the budget compromise. What caught my attention was the way he couched his argument. He said, "The problem with the Republicans in Congress is that they have bought into this notion that we are our brother's keeper. We are not our brother's keeper, and Republicans need to stand up for that principle." That's a principle?
I have no idea what this person's faith tradition is, but he was certainly presenting himself as a social conservative. Regardless, let me just tell you, according to Jesus' teaching, we absolutely are our brother's keeper. In the 25th chapter of Matthew, Jesus minces no words on how each of our lives will be judged. We will be judged on how we treat the hungry, the thirsty, the sick, the naked, the lonely and those in prison.