Compassion for the Homeless

Posted: June 12, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Those who are homeless, down on their luck, less fortunate (whatever it is you feel comfortable saying), are still people, lets treat them that way. I feel that we allow this demographic in our population to take much ridicule, hate and hurtful behavior.

Have you ever heard of a pizza place called Little Caesars? I really enjoy this pizza, my wife and I will buy it for supper every once in a while.  I remember maybe a year ago I grabbed a pizza and was walking to the car, I saw a young man who I see some times come into our shelter, walking through the parking lot. I stopped and asked him how his day was. He told me that he was either heading to a job interview or that he had one earlier that day, I can’t remember exactly. I offered him a peace of pizza, and he took it. I was blessed to be able to bless him.

A girl opened her car door and told me how great of a person I am.

Why isn’t this normal behavior?

Why have we as a society become so calloused to caring for those down and out?

Why are we not teaching our children to help these people, instead we are teaching them when to walk across the street so we don’t have to walk in front of them?

I must be weird cause I thought that this is the “Norm”, that we help even those who are on the street day in and day out. I grew up in a home where my mom worked crappy dead-end jobs to provide for my brother and I. I love my mom with all my heart, she taught me compassion and hard work. I was very blessed when this girl acknowledged what I did, by giving the pizza, but why was this a surprise? It is so sad when people who have been through “hell and back” sometimes, and we just want to keep them there.

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It breaks my heart that there are times when people have no voice. I don’t mean that their throat is horse and they are unable to speak, but they have no idea where to go for help. Maybe the hospital won’t help them, or the government just keeps giving them the run around.

I believe that Jesus was the voice for these people in scripture. There were times when the religious leaders would push someone aside, the romans or others who were in power, and even His very own disciples at times. There are a few stories of His disciples trying to stop young children, or blind people from getting Jesus’ attention. We need to be a voice for someone, be an advocate, be the one that won’t back down until their case is heard.

I love casting crowns, it is my favorite band. Here are some lyrics from their song “What this World needs”

Jesus is going to save the world
But maybe the best thing we can do
Is just get out of the way

          Some times what we need to do is stop blocking people, but help to facilitate change. We may not be able to change the world, but we can impact the lives of those we come in contact with.

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