Kasich often says that conservatives must do a better job of helping the poor, and has even accused the GOP of waging “war on the poor.” He told an interviewer that the conservative movement has never read Matthew 25, where Jesus exhorts his followers to care for the poor. He talked about going to soup kitchens in his announcement speech. “It’s our job as human beings, as children of God, to help them,” he said to the applause of men.
He’s made similar statements in the past. When asked about his decision to accept federal funds for the Medicaid expansion in his state, Kasich said, “I don’t know about you, lady, but when I get to the Pearly Gates, I’m going to have an answer for what I’ve done for the poor.” In 2013, he told the press, “When you die and get to the meeting with Saint Peter, he’s probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor. You better have a good answer.”
Unfortunately, talking to the national press and to campaign supporters about giving to the poor doesn’t really jive with the actual text of Matthew 6, in which the Lord commands, “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.”