CNSNews.com, by Susan Jones: “My life has been anchored around my faith, and in particular, the guiding principle for me has been Matthew 25,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told the Black Church PAC’s Youth Leadership Conference in Atlanta on Saturday morning.
“And I know, I come into a room like this, I don’t have to tell the story that you all know about the separation, where the shepherd has to decide how to separate the goats from the sheep.
“And I think of the passage after they’re separated, and the sheep say, ‘Why us Lord? What did we do?’
“And then the Lord says, ‘I was hungry and you gave me meat. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and ye took me in. Naked and you clothed me. I was in prison … and ye visited me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and ye came unto me.’
“And when the sheep say, ‘But we don’t remember seeing you, Lord,’ but the Lord says, ‘In as much as ye have done it unto one of these, the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me.’
“And for me, what that’s about is two things. The first is, there’s God in every single one of us. Every single one of us has the Lord within us. And that’s what that passage means.
“And secondly, that the Lord does not call on us to sit back. The Lord does not call on us just to have a good heart. The Lord calls us to act—to feed the hungry, to give water to the thirsty, to visit those in prison. That this is what the Lord requires of us.
“And my life has been about those twin parts. First is the worth of every single human being. And second is the obligation to act.
“I know that sometimes right now in this country it’s a hard fight, and it feels that we fight in vain. But we do not. This is a righteous fight. This is a righteous fight! This is a righteous fight!!
“We fight it for the right reasons, and we will do what is right for the people who are counting on us.”
Warren is appealing to people of faith for political purposes, but she is also hinting at the increasing unity of church and state, regardless of whether the state will be left or right, liberal or conservative. Both sides, though they may be bitter enemies in every other area, will unite to oppose God’s law.
“A deputation of Pharisees had been joined by representatives from the rich and lordly Sadducees, the party of the priests, the skeptics and aristocracy of the nation. The two sects had been at bitter enmity. The Sadducees courted the favor of the ruling power in order to maintain their own position and authority. The Pharisees, on the other hand, fostered the popular hatred against the Romans, longing for the time when they could throw off the yoke of the conqueror. But Pharisee and Sadducee now united against Christ. Like seeks like; and evil, wherever it exists, leagues with evil for the destruction of the good.” The Desire of Ages, page 405