Homelessness, they are Men, Women, Elderly, Teens, Disabled and Children, even Newborns. Maybe they are You.
The photo at left is evidently of a homeless disabled man in Tokyo.
Homelessness has been an issue since Bible times and who knows maybe even before that. As it states in Deuteronomy 15, there will always be poor in the land. So it simply is not something new that happened since the World Wars or anything like that.
The thing is we have made Homelessness way to complicated. We have made it bigger then it is in fact. We have forgot many things about it, why it exists and what should be done about it.
When did creating multi-million dollar nonprofits become the answer to dealing with Homelessness?
What happened to shift people from helping each other, their family, their neighbor, friend and stranger, …….. to saying, “let them go to the local nonprofit, mission shelter, soup kitchen” and we will hide behind our gates and walls.
When? When did that shift happen? You may not like the answer or agree with it, but it all happened at that very moment when Adam and Eve decided to disobey God and listen to satan, taking from the Tree of Knowledge.
If it was not for that very moment, literally, none of all this would be necessary. None of it. Not the trauma of Homelessness, not the worry of the poor, no nonprofits would have been needed, millions, no billions of dollars would not have had to be raised on behalf of Homelessness. None of it.
So what am i saying? Just Give Up on the issue? No, no, not at all. However, i am indeed saying we need to re-evaluate how we as a society, a World, handle Homelessness.
Recently, as i have seen in the news, some churches have been sending letters to their members asking them to “participate” more in the church, “take an active part” or find a new place to go worship. The reasoning is those who are not participating are placing too much of a burden on the churches. I am confident this is not the first time this has been done. At first i was a bit taken back, but then as i thought about it for the next 2 minutes, i realized it was going along with what i have been thinking on and studying in the Bible a great deal lately.
Bottom-line is, God does not want us to sit idle, not participate. But rather He expects and requires us to do quite the opposite. He requires us to participate, to work hard.
At what? At doing exactly what HE wants us to do and states in the Bible. HE went to a great deal of effort and time to give us HIS rules/laws in the first five books of the Bible. THEN, because we as man were not listening even STILL HE had to send Jesus to give his own life in order so we may have even MORE Tools to work with! Another words to NOT BE IDLE.
Now, since most of us nonprofits who are helping the Homeless are in one way or the other Spiritual, Christian or of the like, this “should” make sense to you. Although i still know many of you will scoff at this.
BTW, what i am stating here is not open for debate. I am simply speaking what God has placed in my heart to speak.
I personally have had a very strong, close and what i call intense relationship with Jesus since about 1993. I got to know Him very personally by doing the work He has given me to do over the last 26 or so years. The thing is, i had gotten away from using the Bible to stay close to His Father Jehovah God also. The short of it is, i started to study the Bible again in a different light, knowing what i know today opposed to what i knew even 15 years ago. It has brought a whole new experience to me, with much more knowledge coming to me each day i read and meditate on it. Especially the Old Testament….Where God, HIS anger, HIS Love, HIS Glory and laws are displayed and explained by HIM. If you haven’t read the Old testament for some years, go back, pick it up and study, do not glance, but study on and meditate (think deeply) on the Old testament with the knowledge of life as you know it today. I believe you will be surprised and maybe even ashamed as i was.
Annnnnd so as i often do i digress and ramble a bit :-))! But it was sort of necessary.
I will continue this in This Thing We Call Homelessness Part 2….more to come