Watching parts of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic funeral service celebrating (or was it instead "lamenting?") the demise of TFK, I noticed the expressions on some televised faces in the audience.
Many of the faces of the deceased's relatives were sullen and disappointed with a quiet aura of restrained anger. Some, like Hillary, looked rather humiliated and guilty. Obama looked dutifully attentive. Michelle frequently did not look up at all and appeared as though she simply resented being there. Clinton exhibited a stiff uppper lip and was impressed with the music. McCain had a coy smirk of "I told you so" on his face, and George W. Bush had a sutbly comical but accomodating smile on his face like he was thinking: "What a farce."
And, with all due respect to the seriousness of the finality of death - God's ultimate "ace in the hole" - it was a farce indeed to laud and acclaim the dead senator with such adjulation...knowing TFK's diabolical views on social issues and consequential despicable voting record pertaining to promoting "hate-crimes" legislation, women's and homopervert's equality causes (NOT rights but rather wrongs), and much more.
The gospel selection of Scripture which the presiding pastor read (which is a prophetic statement of what will actually occur at the end of the coming Millennial Rule of Jesus Christ on Earth when the present heavens and earth have dissolved on Judgment Day) was as follows:
Matthew 25:31 "When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with Him, then he will sit on His glorious throne.
32 Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,
33 and He will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.
34 Then the King will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'
37 Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
38 And when did we see You a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe You?
39 And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit You?'
40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me.'
41 Then He will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'
44 Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?'
45 Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to Me.'
46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
Certainly, one can rightly assume that providing for physical needs of people - whether that be universal health care, universal health insurance, combatting domestic abuse, raising the minimum wage for hard workers beset with poverty, protecting and cleaning up the environment, etc. is part of what Christ had in mind when orating the above-cited Scripture passage.
However, other things comprise the totality of what the Lord wanted conveyed by His words.
He did not have in mind criminal lawyers visiting impenitent criminals in prison to arrange for paroles and pardons so that they could go out and terrorize even more people. He did not have in mind welcoming 19 islamic-cult strangers with box cutters in a Boston Massachusetts airport who intended to hijack and destroy passenger-laden jets and decimate New York City Trade Towers. He did not have in mind healing the sick who - by their own deliberate and sinful foolishness and carelessness and immorality - had become sick with AIDS, complications of drunkenness and narcotics overdose, complications from fornication-caused abortion homicide committed and not performed for convenience coverup, and other willful abuses against their own bodies in various ways.
The praise of now-terminated, pseudo-righteous, wealthy Ted Kennedy is exposed as blatant blasphemy in view of Teddy's notorious voting records against the Christian right on the above-mentioned social-issue legislation.
James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him?
For example, TFK's violent partisan opposition against George W. Bush's military incursion into Iraq, which invasion intended to stabilize foreign oil supply against antisemitic and anti-Christian dictator Saddam, and give Israel the retaliation they had waited for relating to SCUD missiles from Iraq hitting both Tel Aviv and Haifa during the First Gulf War...clearly shows TFK's disregard against a proper application of the Matthew 25 Scripture passage stated above. Indeed, in his case - as is true with a lot of his ilk of the immoral majority who misthink like drunkenness-prone TFK - the following aptly applies:
Isaiah 5:8 Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is no more room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land.
Isaiah 5:11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry late into the evening till wine inflames them!
Isaiah 5:18 Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, who draw sin as with cart ropes,
Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Isaiah 5:21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!
Isaiah 5:22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink,
Isaiah 10:1 Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression,
Isaiah 29:15 Woe to those who hide deep from the LORD their counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, "Who sees us? Who knows us?"
Isaiah 29:16 You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay; that the thing made should say of its maker, "He did not make me"; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, "He has no understanding"?
Isaiah 31:1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the LORD!
Amos 6:1 "Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel come!
Amos 6:4 "Woe to those who lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the midst of the stall;
Micah 2:1 Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil upon their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand.
So, it is not that the Lion of the Senate has fallen, but rather a Leader of the arrogant and defiant, anti-right-wing, demoncrat majority has bit the dust. Let's honestly call a spade a spade.
The allegiances and so-called "compassion" of TFK when viewing the disabled should rightly be reworded as 'pity' in an "I-can-conquer-pathetic-you-in-my-superior-condition" attitude. His care for his handicapped family members was not out of "compassion," but rather political-ambition practicality and necessity.
Matthew 5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
Luke 6:32 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
When a man truly belongs totally to Christ, and who has completely submitted himself to the Lord, the following occurs:
Romans 8:28 We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.
When a man (or woman) does NOT belong to Christ, but is in partnership with Satan, everything he does turns out to work against him. If he feeds and gives drink and health "care" to the poor, it is to get the votes of lazy welfare freeloaders, graffiti-and-rap-noise-littering blacks, selfishly-greedy CEOs, illegal aliens sponging off government freebies, and single-mom women divorced because of their feminist-sexist insubordination against their ex-husbands. If he visits the sick and frees hardened criminals in jail, it is to get their votes and do conspiratorial shenanigans for the sake of his own selfish political ambition. One should not make a saint out of a sinner.
First Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."
John 8:15 You judge according to the flesh, I judge no one.
As with all of us, the Final Judge will determine eternal destinies in Heaven or Hell, being that we are not authorized to and cannot do that:
Romans 2:1 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, whoever you are, when you judge another; for in passing judgment upon him you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.
Romans 2:1 Do you suppose, O man, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God?
James 4:11 Do not speak evil against one another, brethren. He that speaks evil against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
James 4:12 There is one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you that you judge your neighbor?
That being said, the following also applies:
Lev 19:15 "You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.
Num 33:52 then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their figured stones, and destroy all their molten images, and demolish all their high places;
Num 33:55 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those of them whom you let remain shall be as pricks in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall trouble you in the land where you dwell.
2Chron 19:6 and said to the judges, "Consider what you do, for you judge not for man but for the LORD; he is with you in giving judgment.
Ps 82:2 "How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?
Ezek 20:4 Will you judge them, son of man, will you judge them? Then let them know the abominations of their fathers,
Ezek 22:2 "And you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Then declare to her all her abominable deeds.
Ezek 23:36 The LORD said to me: "Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then declare to them their abominable deeds.
Prov 22:10 Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.
Matt 7:16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Matt 7:20 Thus you will know them by their fruits.
Mark 11:15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons;
Luke 19:45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold,
1Cor 5:13 God judges those outside. "Drive out the wicked person from among you."