31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For 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 invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

41“Then he 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. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45“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.’

46“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

— Mathew 25: 31-46

There are forty Republican Senators in the US Senate.  Without exception, they are opposing any of the healthcare options that have been presented so far.  Most of them have stated that there is no problems within the healthcare system as it stands today.

Yet, an observer would not have to look too far to find quite a few among us who truly do not have access to the healthcare system that they require.  It is obvious to most of us, and it is obvious to these educated and allegedly wise men and women, that the sick among us are not being treated consistently.

As we might remember from the elections last year, many of these Republicans campaigned about the Christian ideals that they stand by.  They said a lot of things that got Christians excited about voting for them.  No problems or quarrels with that.  Like they said, the US is a country founded upon Christian ideals. I’ll take that as a historical given.

So, I am thumbing through the bible on my shelf.  Perhaps I have the wrong version or something, but my copy goes on in many places about the need to heal the sick, and to take care of one’s neighbors, and other such benevolent concepts.  Are these not the ideals that form the basis of Christianity?

Do we choose to look after the needs of all of the sick?  Or only those without pre-existing conditions?  What are we doing for the least of His brothers?

If the Democrats can’t seem to get the necessary sixty votes together to get healthcare for all, perhaps it is time for the Christians to step forward.  All of that spiritual talk you Christian Republicans used on the campaign trail last year:  Was it a spiritual path that you actually live by, or was it just some words you said to get elected?

I’m hoping that the words of Jesus prevail this time.  Who are the sheep and who are the goats among you?