I wake up and see this news clip about a 90 year old man arrested along with two pastors for feeding the homeless. Really? Is this really what it comes down to? The city of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida does not want to deal with the homeless issue so they are hoping by making this law that they will run them out of town to somewhere else, anywhere else. Really? This is the best idea that they could come up with, arresting people that are helping others. Last, I checked, it isn’t any officials money or city budget money going to the cause. People are spending their own money or money that they raised to do good to others. Instead of praising them and honoring them, we arrest them. WOW ~
The Lord Jesus, who was our perfect example addressed the homeless issue thousands of years ago in The Sheep and the Goats teaching in Matthew 25.
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
I read this story and I read the scripture and all I can hear is OBEY ~ OBEY ~ Do not be just listeners of the word but doers. Let our light shine brightly before men so our good work will honor and glorify our Father.
This just solidifes one more reason for me to serve and help the homeless this holiday season ~ WE ARE BLESSED TO BLESS OTHERS ~
Lyrics from one of my favorite songs ever says it best….
We need to get back to the basics of life
A heart that is pure and a love that is blind
A faith that is fervently grounded in Christ
The hope that endures for all times
These are the basics, we need to get back to the basics of life~