Matthew makes us face whether or not we are a righteous nation. Most people write this off as a parable and the rest are allergic to judgment stories. We may, in a fit of nostalgia, sing “When the Roll Is Called up Yonder,” but mostly judgment is not our game. What if it’s not a parable but a straight narrative description? What if this is America’s day of reckoning? Let’s struggle together with the possibilities. The easy answer, mostly because it’s not true, is to put all this judgment off on the second coming of Jesus. The Rapture preachers are escapists because they don’t want to actually take responsibility for this world.