In Matthew 25:40 Jesus talks about the “least of these” in the context of how our lives will be judged. I came up with a list of what I call invisible people that I think fit under this umbrella. Obviously, orphans and widows, the imprisoned and poor are on this list in Matthew. But, could there be others we are not off the hook in reaching?
- Young Adults: The young adults who service our community: the guy who changes your oil, young woman who makes your coffee. They are invisible to the average churched suburban family person. Invisible.
- Poor Immigrant: I am not talking about the HB1 Visa guy who drives the Mercedes, but the ones standing on the street corner hoping to do the dirty job no one else will do. Invisible.
- Single Parents: It’s hard having the time to socialize when you are a single mom or dad so where are they? They are busy working and have little margin and some of them low means.
- New Neighbor: Someone moves in on your street and it’s likely you have not noticed them much. They probably are driving that unknown car right into their garage at a time you never see. Yes, invisible.
- Kids on My Fridge: I give money to help these little kids across the world, but really do not bump into them in my daily life. Invisible.
- Newly Divorced: It’s one thing to be a single parent, but going through a divorce puts a person into hiding. Suddenly, we no longer see one of the former spouses. Invisible.
- My Own Kids: I know, we work hard for them. But, are they objects to be taken care of or people we actually see? Are they invisible to me?
- Our Military and Veterans: These men and now a growing group of women serve in dangerous places and how do we love on them? They are invisible to our daily lives.
- The Addicted: Many struggle with drugs or other issues. Often, this is either hidden or the people will not feel safe in our churches. They are invisible.
- The Seeker: There are people who have questions, but we do not have time to bother. They would love to get to know a Christian and are thirsty for truth. Our version of truth is using a Bible as a brick at times. So, they are unseen. Invisible.
This list is NOT comprehensive. What would you add? Do you agree with this list?