Matthew 19:23-26 (New International Version)
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
During an appearance last week on “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” Congressman Charles Rangel from New York did us all the service of exegeting the above passage from the Scriptures.
Here’s the exchange:
MATTHEWS: I mean, Charlie, Jesus didn’t hang around with the swells, the rich people.
RANGEL: Well, he said the rich are going straight to hell.
MATTHEWS: Well, he did not.
MATTHEWS: He said it is harder to get through a needle’s…
RANGEL: No. But the deal with St. Matthews and all these people are trying to get into heaven. And he said, hey, when I was hungry, you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty. I was naked. I was sick. You didn’t do all these—he’s talking about food stamps, Social Security.
RANGEL: He’s talking about taking care of those who haven’t got. So, when it comes to moral value, my Republican friends can decide which side the pope was on.
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