I am a North Carolinian born and bred, but I just don’t get it.
Christian fundamentalists, who abound in the South, are frequently biblical literalists, believing uncritically some fairly amazing things. Old Testament accounts of seas parting, bushes burning (but not burning), an ark surviving the great flood (restarting life on earth with its two-by-two pairings), all of these are, to the fundamentalists, factual accounts.
When it comes to the words of Jesus, however, those who wear “the what would Jesus do?” (WWJD) bracelet can seem unable to parse out meaning.
Christians are told in clear and unequivocal terms to take in the homeless, to feed and clothe them, to give them drink when they are thirsty and to look after them when they are sick. So how do biblical literalists justify their wish, and that of their favorite candidates for public office, to turn away refugees who seem to meet all of Jesus’ pretty straightforward criteria for inclusion?
Jesus also makes 100 percent clear that failing to serve those in need is failing to serve Him. I would not want to have to explain to St. Peter how I misunderstood Jesus’ unequivocal words.