I keep beating this particular drum. When a pastor says something this…right, be nice, contrary to his own scripture, I seriously think people need to be much pickier about who stands behind their pulpits to give spiritual advice. Matthew 25: 31-46. Again. Red Letters. Jesus very pointedly, in verses 41-46 in particular, made himself abundantly clear. For non-believers, this point won’t make a bit of difference. The jerk just looks like a bigger jerk for being an ignorant and/or hypocritical jerk. For believers, it looks like the questions are really simple as far as I can tell. Was Jesus kidding when he said it? Is there anything else in Scripture said by anyone with more authority than Jesus that would mean it’s okay to ignore these verses.
41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44 Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not [a]take care of You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Seems pretty clear, right? Strangers…invite ’em. That doesn’t sound like a border fence to me. The border fence comment actually strikes me as blatantly heretical.