Jesus could identify with the homeless in His itinerant ministry. In Matthew 8:20, Jesus states that even animals have a place to call home, but He had nowhere to lay His head. He stayed in the homes of whoever would welcome Him and sometimes outside. He was born in a stable and even spent His last night before His crucifixion outside in a garden. The apostle Paul was also at times in a homeless situation (1 Corinthians 4:11).
God expects His people to help those who are homeless. The Law directly addressed care for those in need. In Leviticus 25:35 God commands His people to help support those who have no home and cannot support themselves: “If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you” (see also Deuteronomy 15:7–11). The Lord rebuked those who kept the outward form of religion yet did not care for the poor: “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: . . . to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (Isaiah 58:6–7).
The book of wisdom, Proverbs, lays down the principle of giving to the poor and attaches it to a blessing: “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done” (Proverbs 19:17). Those who refuse to help the poor will find themselves on the losing end: “Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses” (Proverbs 28:27).
In the New Testament, Jesus and His disciples regularly gave to the poor (see John 13:29), and Jesus commands that we follow His example and also care for the poor: “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you” (Matthew 5:42). As James points out, talk is cheap; our talk (and our faith) must be accompanied by action: “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:15–16).
The Bible does not shy away from the difficult and unpleasant reality that some people have experienced terrible setbacks and hardships in their lives, even to the point of becoming destitute. The Bible recognizes that poverty, social injustice, and homelessness are real problems that constantly plague society (Mark 14:7). The Bible teaches that we are to be radically different from the world in how we view and treat our neighbors. In fact, we should go out of our way to provide for the homeless and others in need, trusting God to reward us in His time. Our Lord said, “When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous” (Luke 14:13–14).
Because God created all people in His image (Genesis 1:27), everyone, regardless of social status or economic limitations, has intrinsic worth. Oppressing or exploiting those who are weaker or poorer than we are is wickedness. From cover to cover, Scripture says that we should show generosity, compassion, kindness, and mercy in practical, tangible ways. Even our Lord Jesus “did not come to be served but to serve” (Mark 10:45).
A lot of the homeless in the video felt that the churches didn't care about them and wouldn't give them a warm place to sleep. I understand churches have to lock the doors to their sanctuaries now days due to vandals thieves and such, but when they decide on bulding plans when constructing a new church, they need to put an area for the homeless in the blueprints. I am sure that many times, there are too many homeless in the area to help them all, but they could let some in. Even allowing the 1st 20 in then the next time help a different 20, but help some.
I have helped people that became homeless. I won't go into details because I like to keep my charity private, but there is many ways to help. I had some extra money right at the time a family with kids that I knew of became homeless, it was a great opportunity. When I had my farm, once a week I donated all of my produce for that day to the local food pantry. There are water wells in India and Africa that need to be dug, and for only a few hundred dollars, lots of them can be dug.
We don't have homeless on our streets in Wi. They would freeze to death the 1st night so they are cared for here. I know of a woman that was given a hotel room till they could get her an apt. If we did have homeless in the streets, I would go out and give them food, money blankets and such when I could, and even a big hug and talk to them. Isolation is horrible. There is just so many ways that as Christian we can help.
We the people are the church, not that building with the steeple on it. That is a church building. The administrators of those churches need to do better and so do the congregation. Most Christians, if you push them in the right direct, are glad to help. We just get caught up in our every day hectic lives.
If a preacher asked for extra money from the congregation to build a building for the homeless, the congregation would jump in and help. If he asked for volunteers to be there when the people were sleeping to keep the place secure, people would volunteer. The pastors are failing in this department big time. They are the shepherd of the flock and are supposed to lead the congregation into doing things like that. I have seen only a very few that would.
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Anna: That's what you do davidssheep88. You plow through and get it done. ::lxQP6r:: If you need prayers, we have a section for that, and it seems to stay busy w/ guests in there. ::SRtMXu::
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Anna: The Prayer request section has been moved. It is no longer included with the Praise section. I've been wanting to do that for a long time. I'm such a procrastinator. It's why we can't have nice things.
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