Matt. 25:40 (NKJV) says, “And the king will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’”

In today’s trying and impatient times, this scripture contains a significant message.

Even the folks who sadly refrain from reading God’s word (II Tim. 2:15) will most likely understand the meaning of Matt. 25:40.

A secular elucidation would be the way in which you treat others that you deem important.

Is that the same manner that you would treat those people you assume are higher on the almighty social ladder? Sadly, some individuals never seem to understand this idea.

In the last few weeks, we have seen, heard and read about too many instances of poor judgment and poorer citizenship.

Our brave service workers are one of the most vulnerable groups that many spineless bullies seek to berate and intimidate.

Our government has put in place safeguards intended to protect both the workers and the customers.

All of us can cherry-pick those rules or regulations that we do not like.

I despise seat belts. I detest paying taxes. But alas, read Matt. 22:21 and Luke 25:20.

Recently, there has been an alarming number of violent incidents involving people who were simply endeavoring to do their jobs.

A lady bus driver in Miami, Fla., Miakeya Rolle, was intentionally spit on after she asked a passenger to put on a mask.

In Oklahoma City, four McDonald’s employees were injured after an employee told a customer the dining room was closed.

Gloria Wood became angry with the crew and shot a worker in the arm and three other employees were injured in a physical altercation.

In Holly, Mich., a man wiped his nose on a clerk’s shirt sleeve in a Dollar Tree. The clerk had just asked the customer to put on a mask.

An Austin, Texas, park ranger was shoved into a lake as he attempted to disperse a group of hikers who were not practicing social distancing.

And 26-year-old Brandon Hicks was charged with attempted assault.

In Flint, Mich., security guard Calvin Munerlyn was shot in the head and killed after he asked Sharmel Lashe Teague to put on a face mask.

The family became angry and left the Family Dollar Store. They returned a short time later and Larry Edward Teague shot Munerlyn point-blank in the head.

Sharmel Lashe Teague, Larry Edward Teague, Rayonyea Travon Bishop and Brya Shatonia Bishop are charged with first-degree premeditated murder.

Munerlyn leaves behind his wife, Shatara, and eight children.

These employees were simply doing their jobs and trying to make a living. These despicable people, now criminals, are guilty of assaulting and even murdering well-intentioned people.

These low-lifes didn’t acted for the health or benefit of their families. They lashed out at hard-working citizens just because they felt inconvenienced, don’t agree with the rules.

It is a sad state of affairs when a warped interpretation of “our rights” is worth more than someone’s life.

School kids working in fast-food restaurants also have rights. They have the right to work in a safe environment and not be shot for doing their jobs.

Remember, whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you have done to me.

DAN PATTERSON, who’s retired from the Paris Parks and Recreation Department, grew up near the state line and now lives in Paris. He can be reached by email at jdanpat@yahoo.com.

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