When I talked to people about the homeless I have been saddened that they are often all grouped together as a whole and that is not fair.
We have all probably heard at one time another of someone using the excuse of hypocrites in the Church for not wanting anything to do with Christianity.
Although there are indeed hypocrites in the church most Christians do not want to be grouped into that category. Fortunately the truth of Christianity does not rest upon any Christian, but rather it rest upon Jesus himself who was no hypocrite.
When it comes to the homeless they also often get grouped into one category. Often they are seen as someone with drug or alcohol problems who simply does not want to work. Then of course it is often followed by the thoughts that you cannot help someone who does not want to be helped. Although this statement is true for some it certainly is not true for all of the homeless.
It is no fairer to group them all into the same category; as it is not fair to put all Christians into the same category of the obvious hypocrites.
Some people are homeless because they fell into hard times. Some have mental conditions that they are not at fault for having. Some are indeed alcoholics or drug users. And some of these would like help and some do not. It is not fair to put all of the homeless into the same category. It is also hard to make a fair judgment just by looking at them and never getting to know them.
I would like to consider some scripture concerning some of the less fortunate.
James 2:14-17 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday. 11 "And the Lord will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places,
"And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."
One could certainly expound upon these verses as well as bring up many more. However I think that it is plain that we should not ignore those who are in need.
I think a good place to start is to ask the Lord who he would have you help as well as how he might have you help them. Helping the less fortunate should not be left only to the government or only those in church leadership. The scriptures provided here were not for the government or only for those in leadership they apply to me and you!
I was recently contacted by Chloe who provided the following links for me.
It is my hope that you will follow these links to consider how you may help. Then seek the Lord in prayer concerning them and do as He leads you to do.
The rest is a letter I received from Chloe
Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.), there are an estimated half a million people on any given night without a bed to sleep in? Homelessness is a circumstance that nearly everyone thinks could never happen to them — and yet, there are hundreds of thousands of men, women and children with nowhere to call home.
Here is the silver lining: we can all do a lot to help those less fortunate than us, and no action is too small to make a difference.
Thanks in advance for doing your part to help those in need.
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