To the editor:

I have noticed a trend that seems to increase as our nation becomes wealthier and even among so-called Christians. It largely is the result of some professed Christians not knowing much about the Bible they profess to follow.

Recently, it has manifested itself in so-called Christian doctors who refuse to see and help poor patients on Medicaid because they didn’t get enough money for their time.

Not too long ago, it manifested itself in pressure being brought to stop poor persons who had puppies they wanted to sell at Wal-Mart so they could go in and buy some food for themselves and their families.

I simply want to list some scriptures from the Bible that will let you know what you are in for yourself when you refuse to help the poor.

Prov. 14:21, “He who despises his neighbor is a sinner, but happy is he who is kind to the poor.”

Prov. 14:31, “He who oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy honors him.”

There are many more verses that also deal with the subject.

Finally, this word of exhortation: “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” Prov. 12:15.

H. Clovis Shipp

Brownwood