Posted by loswhit in Religion

What would Jesus do if a homeless beggar came up to Him everyday for 60 days and asked for money and a meal?
Send him to the homeless ministry down the road?
Make him fill out paperwork before giving him a hand out and tell him he only gets 500 bucks a quarter?
Send him to one of His disciples for job training so he can get a job at the market downtown Jerusalem?
Tell the beggar He doesn’t do “homeless ministry” because He is focused on his sweet spot of “Evangelism”?
Maybe?

You know what I think He would do?
I think He would give him money and a meal for 60 days.

Why do our churches react so differently when it comes to the beggars and the untouchables?
What are your thoughts?
Los

  • Michelle R

    everyday we hand out food, water and whatever the homeless may need. We can offer them a shower, a shady place to retreat from the CA heat and even an opportunity to sit and ‘do life together’. We all are the body of Christ … serving!

  • http://jack0224.wordpress.com Jaclyn Turner

    So true! I think there are a lot of reality checks that we need when it comes to what Jesus would do.

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    It’s sad to say, but a lot of churches nowadays are run like businesses, with the pastor as the CEO, and only have a small amount of money put aside to help people in need. And on top of that, a committee has to decide how to divy out that money.

  • Hutch

    A friend of mine carries a stack of applications to various minimum wage employers and hands them out when approached, I hate that, I don’t think that is what Christ would do at all. And there are those that won’t give to a homeless person because they are afraid of what the person will do with it, I understand the bible calls us to stewardship and to be wise about our business with our finances, but it doesn’t call us to judgement. In Fact it is pretty clear about that. It isn’t our job to worry about what they will do with the money you give them, it is our job to help those in need. But I also think, that if you give them food and water, but you leave it at that, and share the gospel with them, you might as well have not given them the food and water. We aren’t doing them any good unless we boldly proclaim the saving work of Christ. Because in the end, that is what is truly needed.

    • Richard

      “It isn’t our job to worry about what they will do with the money you give them”……so if you give a beggar on the street $20 and you watch him then proceed to the nearest store then walk out 5 mins later with a big bottle in a brown bag….that you are not to worry. Without sounding to much like evryone else that uses that age old saying “we have to use wisdom” we really do have to use wisdom. I think its proportionate to assess and approach every situation differdently. I guess reliance upon the Holy Ghost and out ability to read a meeting with someone who is less fortunate than ourself may require that we really do show concern by taking them for a burger and a coke or accompanying them to the store to buy a new pair of pants and a sweater. Then we can both minster to their need and also which is the other point i definately agree with you on..we then share the Beautiful gospel of Jesus and commit this person to them….
      Just saying….! Luv u bro.

      • Shelley

        Once when I hesitated to give money lest it be used for the “wrong” things, the Lord reminded me of this:

        In Proverbs 31: 6-7

        6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,
        wine for those who are in anguish!
        7 Let them drink and forget their poverty
        and remember their misery no more.

        Maybe it isn’t for me to decide, but to give and let God.

  • west emerson

    wasn’t Jesus himself homeless?

  • Aaron J

    I honestly am not sure how Christ would respond. He lived in a very different place in a very different time. Loving your neighbor can be interpreted in many ways. I don’t want to judge churches that deal with things differently from what I think is the ‘right way’ to handle it.
    Why do churches handle the homeless differently? Because there are many answers to the issue, not just one. It takes us all working together. If all we do is sit around talking about how our way is the only right way, then we aren’t really functioning properly.

    • http://brendasbrainchild.blogspot.com Brenda

      I really like this.

  • Albee

    WWJD the 61st day? How about the 186th day? How about the 1,234th day?

  • http://carolesmithturner.com Carole Turner

    Our church doesn’t treat beggars any different then any other person. One night not long ago at a men’s meeting, sitting on the 2nd row in a room of 500 men was a former pimp, two homeless guys, a pastor, a construction worker, a business man and two homeless inner city teens.

    I have been working with the homeless, the needy, prostitutes, dealers pimps, etc, since 2007 and one thing is for sure, Jesus knew the heart of every beggar he encountered, we do not. We do our best to do what Jesus instructed..”when I was hungry you fed me, naked you clothed me, in prison, you visited me..” etc. He made it clear how we are to help the poor.

    We give groceries, hygiene items, clothes, shoes, school supplies, etc but we do not give money. Jesus would say help them, care for them, and giving them money does neither.

    I actually wrote a piece for Burnside Writers about this very subject after several years of working with the poor called “Money is Not the Answer”.

    Carlos, I am curious how much time you have spent helping the homeless?

    I think a question like this can only be answered by the people who have given their lives to do just what you are questioning. THEY are being the hands and feet of Jesus. They are doing it. Most of them do not get paid, they give their time freely because they realize that it’s not “Us” and “them”, we are all one family of God. If we could ever get past the Us and Them mentality as a whole, we would all be much better off and more people would be in the pit WITH the poor, on a regular basis, DOING the work, rather then debating what does and doesn’t work. There is a sure fire way to find out, by getting in the pit and trying to love someone (yes, I just quoted Kid Rock)

  • http://www.jason.prescottchristian.com Jason

    Both the OT and the NT distinguish between the righteous poor and the non righteous poor. (…it also distinguishes between the righteous and unrighteous rich…but that is another post.)

    The issue isn’t rich or poor…it is righteous and unrighteous. Paul says…if a man doesn’t work shouldn’t eat (2 Thess. 2:10). He also says younger widows shouldn’t be on the food distribution list.

    This issue is not as black and white as you are making it out to be. There were plenty of poor people in Jesus’ day…and I may be wrong…but I don’t every remember he or his disciples ever giving them money. (…they did offer services…a meal or a healing…which was pretty good…but never money.)

    And in John 6…after giving a meal to everyone the day before…he chastised the huge crowd of people for coming to him expecting another one. And the chapter ends with them all walking away because they didn’t get their bellies full.

    Something to think about…

    • Derick // @lodestar08

      True the issue isn’t necessarily black & white. Good references to think about and consider but there are some holes in your arguments. Thessalonians was written to believers who stopped working thinking/wishing the end or rapture was imminent. There’s no direct account of money being given but by J. Iscariot’s criticism against Mary’s costly alabaster worship we can infer that it was in fact practiced (at the very least on certain occasions). And in John 6 those that went away (hungry and disappointed) were probably not homeless and down & out.

      The issue may not be black & white but it is dark & light. I got saved through a church (SET FREE) that one of their main focus is on the homeless or down & out in general. The pastor there (Willie) also said “when in doubt err on the side of grace.”

      But we definitely need the same keen spiritual insight and heart of Jesus (see Kim S below). To begin with we need to just see them. See them as people, as God’s children made in His image, and as our brothers in humanity. They’re human- with all that goes with it. That’s the beauty of the Samaritan’s account. “Come see a man who (was able to see me).”

      We (the church) definitely need to at least discuss these issues. Thanks Los! There are some great comments and insights on here to consider.

    • http://www.davepettengill.net davepettengill

      I think Jason brought up some very good counterpoint material. I work at a church and I see some people who generally need help and the church does help them. There is a huge homeless ministry in my city (I live in Toledo, Ohio one of the poorest cities in the nation) that can provide food, shelter, and clothes and is very well equipped to help all those in need. Do I think this is wrong to pass them along? No, not if they will receive the help they need. This can be tricky though because some will just pass them along when they definitely could help. I know the administrative assistants in our city keep in contact with each other about “frequent visitors” and if there is someone who is just continually hopping from church to church.
      There are also many who will come into our church and say they need gas money for their car. So we will offer to drive them down to the gas station and fill up their car. The majority of the time they look dumbfounded and will say, “No thanks” and just leave. I think this is a tough topic.

  • http://www.anordinarydad.wordpress.com Lee

    I’m kind of having a hard time with this one. I see homeless people every day on my walk to work downtown, and I’ve been convicted about James 2, but are you telling me that I need to give them all money every day? I can’t afford that. And I’m not just saying that, seriously, we are a one income family with two kids and we don’t have much disposable income. If I gave every homeless guy a dollar every day, what would that really be doing besides easing my guilt? I’ve been thinking about getting involved in the shelter downtown, at least I could point them to a ministry that might help, but this post seems to imply that’s not a Christian response?

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com Los

      Give what you can.

    • Christina

      Even if you can’t afford to give money, looking someone in the eye and saying “good morning” makes a big difference. Adding an extra ten minutes onto your commute and stopping to meet and talk with one of those people a day makes a HUGE difference. In working with homeless people, I’ve found that many people appreciate just being shown dignity, or being listened to. It doesn’t have to be money. Give time, give care.

  • Kim S.

    I think Jesus would know exactly what to say to a homeless person kind of like how he did with the woman at the well. She was an outcast and belittled and down-graded by so many in her town and even more of an outcast to the Jews. But He knew the root of her. He knew her heart. I think it would be the same way with Jesus and a homeless person. He already knows them without even talking to them and cares about them just as they are. I think He would show that in such a different way than any free bag of food, shower, clothing, anything that we, mere humans, could give. I bet if He did, then you’d see homeless people celebrating and telling others about Jesus like the woman at the well.

    That’s what I think.

    • http://Sandrafraser.com Sandra Fraser

      I could not agree more. Didn’t he tell the woman at the well he had water that would never leave her thirsty? Not that we shouldn meet people’s needs but their biggest need is Jesus. I keep a fee ones in my wallet for all the homeless I see everyday around the city. If I have it, I give it. A few times I’ve been stirred by the spirit to do a little more- but not everytime. And I give them the info for my church’s homeless ministry as well. A ministry that aims to help meet immediate needs but also deeper needs and to get them back on their feet.
      There’s no easy answer here. I think it’s about our own hearts response- are we giving to ease our conscience, because we feel led, or because it’s what needs to be done and God says to lend to the poor and take care of the widows and fatherless?

  • http://lifebeforethebucket.blogspot.com Adrian W.

    “Give to the one who asks you and don’t turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”

    That’s pretty much what I think. And lucky me, Jesus seems to like those words, too (since they’re his and all).

    • http://www.anordinarydad.wordpress.com Lee

      I’d like ten thousand dollars please…

      • http://www.calebgordon.com Caleb Gordon

        “Like”

  • http://www.rychus-ruckus.blogspot.com Billy Starkweather

    I feel ya Los.

    A church I pastored used to get food from the food bank and we were able to distribute it to those in need BUT the food bank required us to have each person sign and date and include their social security number.

    I don’t give money for the simple fact that it releases me of any kind of engagement into that person’s life. So I give them food and eat with them. Each individual has a story and homeless “programs” don’t always help the individual but the “problem”.

  • Lisa

    The trick to this question is that Jesus would know if that person was looking for drug money or was hungry. We don’t.

    In the past, I just gave money to anyone who asked because I felt that was what God wanted. I feel differently today. I only give money to organizations because I think that is the more loving thing to do. We have organizations in our city that house, clothe and feed the homeless and many churches, including ours, donate time and money to them. These organizations help addicts and homeless to turn their lives around and get on their feet.

    In America, we also have social safety nets that weren’t available in Jesus’ day. Does that change things? Are these social safety nets better than handouts on the street? Does Jesus want us to give through government or churches? This is almost a political question.

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com Los

      Ummmm. Jesus was fully human and wasn’t walking around being a psychic. He sat fully human. He was able to be triked, convinced, and lured. Or else He would not have been fully human.

      • http://www.calebgordon.com Caleb Gordon

        Los,

        I’m going to have to disagree with you on this one bro. He was fully human, but he was also fully God. He could not have been “tricked” or “lured” there are a few times where the religious folks attempted to trap him, and He always made them look like bumbling retards. (Matt 19:3, Luke 20:1-26, He knew their hearts.

        • http://www.calebgordon.com Caleb Gordon

          Just to clarify…I’m not saying NOT to give…I think we should…I’m simply addressing the “Jesus could be tricked” question…

        • Lisa

          Thx, Caleb. That’s what I was trying to say. Jesus knew the heart of Nicodemus, Zaccheus, the woman at the well and the Pharisees just as He knows our hearts. He knew Lazarus had died before He was told, yet he cried human tears of grief. Jesus was fully human, capable of feeling hunger, exhaustion and pain, and fully God, able to see into the heart of every one who came to him, a truth too difficult for our pea brains to fully comprehend. He could not be tricked or misled anymore than the Father.

          • http://www.calebgordon.com Caleb Gordon

            Amen, that is correct.

  • http://bohemianbowmans.com Jessica

    Just curious, have you personally worked with the homeless?

    (Not trying to be snarky, btw)

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com Los

      Yup. 3 years…

      • http://bohemianbowmans.com Jessica

        The reason I ask is, we started the first homeless shelter in our town a couple of years ago. Love the guys, but always a little frustrating to see few of them really change their ways.

        • Annie

          Lots of time and relationhip building required. I’ve worked with a street ministry for a few years now, and have come to realize that often I will never know what is the impact on peoples lives. Which makes seeing the occaisonal life turned around all that much sweeter.

  • http://tamaracorinetaylor.wordpress.com Tamara

    I get sad and speechless.
    I’d like to say I did something – but I get sad, confused, and speechless.

  • http://atheist2christian.com Michael Schertz

    I always look at Mark (NT) when giving to the poor comes up. A man approaches Jesus and says, “What do I need to do to enter the kingdom of heaven”. This is Jesus big moment, he doesnt say go to church, fast for 40 days, or read the bible. He says “follow the commandments, and give to the poor” I trust he knows what he’s talking about

  • Robert

    Alot of churches help those in need and do so liberally. The church I attend has a partner ministry that was developed out of the church which feeds, houses, and provides for countless homeless every day.

    Of the many churches in our area I don’t know of one that doesn’t help those who earnestly come and ask. Why is it we must loathe the help we provide and indict our faithful churches needlessly?

    Finally, Carlos, your Christology is rather troubling. Jesus demonstrates on any number of occasions His unusual prescience when encountering many people. Remember that while Jesus is fully human, He is also fully God. Unless you’re adopting a mor kenotic view of the incarnation I’d be wary of making statements about Jesus’ limited powers of perception while in His earthly ministry.

    • Derick // @lodestar08

      I think churches may delegate too much to “partner” ministries or specialized ministries to minister to the “unlovely,” dangerous, smelly, mentally imbalanced’ or whoever we can’t imagine or wouldn’t like filling up our church pews and sitting next to us or our children. We too (the individuals that make up the church) disregard our own obligation not to the homeless etc. but to the Spirit’s voice & leading and instead assume ourselves to be inconsequential and therefore look to “organized/institutional/corporate” churches to meet the need in our place. All are needed

  • http://www.buzybicecream.com Barrett Green

    My savior would feed him and find him a place to stay. Let us all follow Christ and his example.

  • Derick // @lodestar08

    The issue may not be black & white but it is dark & light. I got saved through a church (SET FREE) that one of their main focus is on the homeless or down & out in general. The pastor there (Willie) also said “when in doubt err on the side of grace.”

    But we definitely need the same keen spiritual insight and heart of Jesus (see Kim S below). To begin with we need to just see them. See them as people, as God’s children made in His image, and as our brothers in humanity. They’re human- with all that goes with it. That’s the beauty of the Samaritan’s account. “Come see a man who (was able to see me).”

    We (the church) definitely need to at least discuss these issues. Thanks Los! There are some great comments and insights on here to consider.

  • http://thebackwardspilgrim.wordpress.com Amber

    I’ve made friends with Evan who sits outside my building here in London. We talk almost every day. His girlfriend sits on the corner across the street begging, too. I know him enough now that giving money or food just doesn’t feel like enough. I desperately want to see him happy and off the street. So, I’m wondering what would you do?

  • http://www.fivedills.com/blog.html FiveDills

    I’m currently reading, “When Helping Hurts” by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. In this book it gives plenty of evidence that giving handouts on a consistent basis is actually damaging to the poor. Instead, the poor should be taken in, cared for, and discipled, but lovingly shown how to work and care for themselves. Otherwise, the cycle of poverty will only continue. Poverty induces many emotional strongholds like: shame, guilt, depression, and humiliation. As Christians, we should do much more than throw money at the poor or buy them dinner. We should take them in and show them that God can deliver them from poverty where they can live a life, an abundant life in Christ Jesus. Not wealth, prosperity, or materialism, but a life with freedom, joy, and hope… and a new perspective on life.

    • Richard

      Awesome!!!…easier said than done though…BIG challenge for us all.

      • http://www.fivedills.com/blog.html FiveDills

        Indeed it is easier said and done. This is why it takes intentional and gradual work. My family and I live and serve as missionaries in an impoverished nation. The number one helpful tool we have found in helping these poor is developing relationships with them. Buy them coffee, go to their home, love on them and serve them. Help educate them. Give them opportunities to work. It’s not only a blessing to them, but they have been an inspiration to us.

    • http://www.cunninghamsworld.com Scott Cunningham

      Such a great book, and a foundation to the work we are doing here in Nicaragua!

  • http://www.calebgordon.com Caleb Gordon

    This is really a tough one. Because you want to help those who are in need…but there are so many who have come through as scam artists. But then again should we be the hands of feet of Christ to even those who are scam artists?

    We’ve had people who come in and state “we need money for gas” so what our church has done is our leaders have followed them to the gas station and filled their car up. And they get pissed because we did not give them cash.

    So I don’t know. It’s rough. We wanna help, but folks can truly wear on you, but then again I can wear on Christ.

  • Benjamin

    I alwasy carry a bunch of bananas in my bag and if I’m ever asked. I give them a banana. If they are truly hungry they accept the banana with so much thanks. If they just want cash to get their next fix or to pay their boss they just walk move on to the next mark. (I’ve done a lot of work in the third-world where begging is a profession for children with “handlers/bosses” who control these kids.)

    BTW… if any bananas are left at the end of the day they make a great yogurt shake.

  • Luke W.

    I understand where you are coming from on this one. I get really confused on why we have all the formalities around helping the poor. At the church I work for we have the paperwork and all of that but we just ask them to fill it out as we run get them food, clothes, etc.
    We aren’t always able to hand out money because of bad financial stuff in the past that has us in a place where we don’t have a lot of extra funds… but that’s our problem that has bounded us in that way. So right now we are housing a rehab center, which has no where to go, we feed people, clothe people, and tell them about Jesus and individually help people by giving money when we can.
    I say these things to say I think that we can help in many ways even when the money seems to “not be available.” And usually the reason it’s not available is because we haven’t made room in our finances (individuals and churches) to give–which is a problem I think. And I know I have the problem myself.

  • http://designedbycreativity.com Larry Kozlof

    I think the church has created too many systems and in doing so they have become law. Too often we over look the person in front of us and we relate them to the possibly thousands who have come before, weeding out the ones who might be scamming the system. In doing this they think there is an overwhelming need to create order in the form of paperwork and line ups. When Jesus was faced with a line of people he dealt with them face to face as individuals, the church tends to categorize people and make them meet the need of that system. We have ‘dumbed down’ the people approach to a point that we are comfortable handling the masses. I often fear that I am not doing enough for the ‘least of these’ because of the systems that surround them. Getting outside the church context helps fee up the ability to give and love on others. It’s how Jesus did ministry, away from the walls of the temples and houses the religious leaders taught in, dealing with the people who made up the body.

    Maybe that system has a better approach to people, yes you get scammed but you help more often then you get hurt.

  • http://bricebohrer.com Brice Bohrer

    Why stop at 60. Why not everyday for his entire life? Why would Jesus just give him a meal… why not give him his home too. And why just his home, why not give him his job. And why just his job, maybe give him his life. Yes, die for him…

  • http://www.mustardseedyear.com Jason

    It’s because we’ve reached the point churches are about the machine than the people. We put programs in place so we really don’t have to get invested in people who can’t move us forward in our lives either via prestige or power or money. The “least of these” is in inconvenience except when we want to get on television.

  • de

    after 60 days??? I would have to stop and wonder, why after 60 days is he still begging. I believe Jesus would have taught him how to fish. If this was a well capable man to fend for himself. Not someone who could not.

  • http://lifetoheryears.com Michael

    I’m not sure Jesus walked around carrying money, but it seems like he would have found a way to meet the beggar’s true needs anyway. It seems like all the minutiae we sometimes make people go through to receive help is our way of streamlining a process that was never intended to be a process at all. Helping the poor and meeting their needs is a personal responsibility that many of us have abdicated to church programs and/or other para-church ministries because we haven’t left room in our lives to spend the kind of time it takes to actually help people like this. We can’t really “step into it” if our life is so full of other commitments that our best response is to toss a few bucks in the beggar’s direction. It takes time to stop and talk with them, to explain why we’re not giving them cash, to invite them to join us for a meal, and to form a relationship with them. For most of us (myself included) we haven’t done the difficult work to create that kind of time and space in our lives. Unfortunately there’s no easy response to this question. Even more unfortunate is how little time we (as individuals and organized faith communities) spend trying to figure out how we should respond in these situations.

  • JaxFost

    I used to walk past homeless folks all the time on my way to and from work in Houston who would ask me for money. I would tell them I didn’t have any money to give them, but if they were hungry I would get them some food. Since I packed my lunch, I would either give them my lunch (or whatever part of it wasn’t microwavable) or buy them a sandwich at Subway. Nine times out of 10 they would accept the food. I remember all of their faces…the very polite older black man, the mean old white woman with long hair, the very pregnant woman in her 20s, and the lesbian couple by the metro rail… talking to them leads to some interesting stories sometimes…

  • http://www.meyouandglue.blogspot.com Sarah

    Add me to the “it’s not quite that simple” list.

    My husband is a cop who does really well at fostering relationships with the homeless people on his beat…half of them are homeless by choice (most have money, cars, computers, cell phones, websites, businesses…but for whatever reason, they sleep on a bench every night. Obviously there is some sort of mental thing going on…) and the other half usually have severe and debilitating mental illnesses that require constant medical attention to function at all. A church is usually not equipped to handle the medical support of mentally ill patients…and just giving them money (or even food and clothing) doesn’t really do anything to solve their problems. Most of them don’t even have the mental capacity to understand the gospel should you share.

    We also spent two years living in West Baltimore–and the people who christians usually think of as “homeless” usually have some sort of home, even if it’s a boarded up shooting gallery. Money, food and shelter don’t even begin to touch that problem…foodstamps are sold for less than half value, food is bartered away,PAMPERS (yes diapers) are traded away…all for the hit. We had a lot of friends there who were heavy addicts and there was no need of material things, there was a need to mean something and be something. So we never gave money or food, but always had people knocking on our door for conversation and love.

    I think it’s hard for people to understand and come to conclusions when they aren’t understanding what the need really is…

    JMO.

  • JaxFost

    I did the food instead of money approach 1.) to avoid the whole drug/alcohol risk and 2.) walking with them to a restaurant to get them food usually gives you the opportunity to talk to them and get to know them.

  • JaxFost

    although now, after reading what Sarah above wrote, i hope they weren’t trading away the food! How sad that people get to the point where they feel they have to do that!

  • http://www.cunninghamsworld.com Scott Cunningham

    I live and work in Nicaragua. Everyday there are a group of 9 or so young boys (between 7-20yrs old) who stop by my house begging for food. Not one of them can read, most of them are high from sniffing glue. Some times they verbally assault my wife and 2 daughters.
    If we have mangos on our trees we will give them some, as long as they speak respectfully. The reality is that most likely these kids will never learn to read, write, or work – unless someone decides to walk with them and talk with them, and give them their dignity back.

    The easy thing to do is give money and food, or even take them to a restaurant. But to remember that I am not better than them because i have a house and a car, and ipods, computers, a TV and can read – is hard. Most people feel superior to the homeless and the poor, although they would never say it.

    When working with the poor if we really want to help them we need to walk with them. Giving food and money is easy. Knowing and walking with the poor is what we need to be doing.

  • http://www.brokensaints.wordpress.com brokensaint

    This is tough… the street that my church is on has easily 40 homeless people in a two-block area. Many of them are kids who are either runaways or “playing” homeless (my sister did that for a while. What do you do with that big of a number? If you give money to one, everyone else starts crowding around. I just literally do not know what to do.

  • layo24

    Give them a meal, but it isn’t wrong either to try to give people resources to get out of poverty.

  • http://www.SaintBenedictMission.com FatherNathan

    I am a priest and I pastor a small Orthodox mission church in Pensacola who works with the poor. In my opinion the reason most “churches” are afraid to help the poor is they are afraid of going broke. It is a popular thing to give food to a homeless man on Christmas Eve but tell your congregation you are going to use the church kitchen as a soup kitchen during the week because its not being used and see how quickly people find a cleaner church.

    But the truth is Christ didn’t promise a clean life, a rich life or any of that silly self help business. Jesus tells us to always give to the one who asks of us and never turn him away (Matt 5:42) and Jesus even goes so far to say that how we treat the poor is how we treat Christ (Matt 25). His commands to care for the poor become the only qualifier for true religion (James 1:27). But often times we ignore these passages because as one woman said on here, “If I always gave I would be broke” or would you? Who knows you might give away everything you have and God might bless you with more money to give away, you might give away everything you have and you might end up homeless and be able to witness to homeless folks (or more likely be witnessed to by homeless folks) the point is you don’t know what would happen if you gave everything away because your fear of “what if” compels you not to do it. But God did not give us a spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7) but of power and love! If you give in faith as Jesus said to do then whatever God wants to happen will happen. I don’t know what it will be and it may not be pretty but it’ll be right. I mean the crucifixion wasn’t pretty and it sure didn’t seem like a victory at the moment but it was the right thing, the perfect thing, regardless of how it looked or felt at the moment.

    At the end of time Jesus is not going to say, “Did you give to the Salvation Army and they clothed me? Did you give to the local soup kitchen and they fed me? Did you support your local prison ministry and they visited me…” no Jesus wants to know what YOU HAVE done with your life not what you’ve helped someone else do with their life. Sure you should support ministries but you should also know what you are supporting. For example there is a shelter here where I live and if you ask anyone in town they’ll tell you the homeless should just go there and get the help they need. But if you ask someone how long a person can stay at the shelter and they’ll give you all kinds of numbers… but the truth is its only three days. I don’t know what life changing stuff a person is supposed to do in that time period but thats all they get.

    My point is this, do what Jesus did and that was that He gave freely and with out question. And if you don’t have money do what Peter and John did when posed with this issue in Acts chapter 3. A homeless man was begging and they didn’t have money and so what did they do? They met his physical needs right there on the spot with out question or fail in the name of Jesus and for His glory.

    Someone once asked me if it was safe to bring a homeless person into their home to eat with them or to sleep there and I said, “more people are killed by their spouses then by homeless people each year so technically you are safer with the homeless person sleeping in your house then with your husband if you want to just go off of probability.” But beyond that silly answer the truth is you never know. Sure you could invite a homeless person into your home not realizing that Charles Manson was released the day before and it just so happens that you are the lucky person to invite him into your home and find yourself dead. But what is it that the Bible says about living and dying (Phil 1:21) to live is Christ but to die is gain! If you die because you followed the direct words of Jesus then I’m guessing it was your time to go and you haven’t lost earth and all its possessions but you have gained Heaven with Jesus!

    The true issue is that it all boils down to the fact that we look at people in the us and them category. If you were at church one Sunday morning and a well dressed man was new to town, just started a job at a software company and knew no one you wouldn’t think twice about safety in letting this person into your home! But the funny thing is that again most serial killers are young well to do white males you are to smart and bored. So in conclusion we should be nice to everyone all the time with out prejudice and let God do what He will(s) because isn’t that what we pray for Him to do all the time in the Lords prayer? or maybe we are just praying that because it sounds pretty.

  • Gardener

    Beggars are of value to the whole community at large. In many cases, they are beggars because they are somewhat impaired mentally, or are addicted to alcohol or drugs, or both. That being so, It is up to the well-to-do social liberals and their Democrat friends to come forward and help the beggars reach their full potential. The best way they can do this is to truck the beggars to processing plants where they can be processed into ingredients for compost or perhaps hi-protein chicken feed for local farmers. By becoming compost or chicken feed, all the beggars would be making major contributions, especially to organic gardeners and farmers in the local region.

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