And what did YOU do to help him, Mr. Christian?

When I was in college, I frequently passed by this homeless guy who lived on a bridge. I saw him there for years, always felt bad and wondered what was going on with him, but never felt comfortable stopping to do anything - the city was full of panhandlers and it's not legal to give them money, plus I'm always wary of approaching strangers on the street. Anyway. There was an article posted about him last month; apparently he has gotten off the street and into a home. I just came across the article when my friend's husband posted it on Facebook.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2011/06/13/1616250/once-fixture-of-1...

If he'd just posted the link and said something like, "Good for him. I'm glad he's doing better," that would have been great. Instead, he posted this along with it:

This guy put up with so much, the majority of everyone turning a blind eye and just passing him by. I think its sad that folks look the other way when so many people out there need help. What happened to folks sharing the love of Jesus with others? please take a moment to see what the word of God tells us in these situations. look at the following : Isaiah58: 6-8; matthew 25: 34-40; and leviticus 25: 35-36. As a christian how can we live our lives in opposition to the word?

I SO want to comment and ask him what HE ever did for this man while passing by him on that bridge. I'm inclined to guess the answer would probably be nothing.

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Comment by Raven on July 10, 2011 at 1:58am
How is it not legal to give people on the street money? That makes no sense... Where do you live?
Comment by Rev. Chris Pagan on July 10, 2011 at 2:09am

Its illegal to give money to people on the street here as well. Its because there are more panhandlers here who really aren't homeless than those who truly need the assistance. . Instead of giving money, I offer to buy em something to eat, if they take it, great, if not, well then, not much I can do, I tried. 

I live in Las Vegas, NV for those wondering. 

Comment by wisp on July 10, 2011 at 2:11am
A lot of places have laws against panhandling, and against giving money to panhandlers. Giving them money just encourages them to continue begging and being general nuisances. Not to mention that they can sometimes be dangerous.
Comment by Nina van der Roos on July 10, 2011 at 9:11am

Funny how some places make giving to the homeless and destitute illegal but stick a priests clothes on, sing some bloody awful songs praising the cruelty of some sky fairy THEN ask for cash and suddenly it is legal, in fact it is considered a virtue.

 

I will continue to to give cash to the few homeless people in my town, I know them by sight well enough now. If they want to blow what I give on booze or drugs then good luck to them because if I had their lives I would seek escape as well. I know my wife will continue to provide hot food to those in the park on cold winter days (she thinks I do not know but our kids told me after I asked how they knew the two vagrants by name !)

 

Never stop trying to help and do the right thing regardless of what others, including the "law" says. Always keep being a humane being, accept that once in a while an undeserving person will get your charity because that is no reason to stop helping those in need.

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