I cringe when I think of the millions of uncared for people who wake up each day and face the reality of what their life has become. From the homeless man on the street and the 29 year old gay man lying in a hospital dying of aids to the nine year old little girl who was kidnapped and forced into prostitution in Singapore…. they must all feel forgotten. What if that had been you?
A reverend in the UK did perform a role reversal by dressing as a homeless man and lying right in the doorway of the church steps on a Sunday morning. Not one member of the congregation greeted him, offered him food, water, or even the slightest hint of care. In fact, some were down right rude and insulting. When the reverend finally revealed himself they were all ashamed. Have you ever been there? Should we be ashamed of our actions?
You may have convinced yourself that you are only one person and therefore you can’t do anything on your own but that is a lie from the pit of hell. You are one person who is a part of the body of Christ. We make a difference as a whole but each must do his or her part.
What would God have you do?
If you are skeptical of the man holding a sign on the interstate does that mean he should be ignored? No. Whether he truly is homeless, a drunkard, a drug addict, or a con artist pretending to be any of the above for sympathy in the form of money, does he deserve to be judged and condemned? Doesn’t he deserve love all the same? Greet him. Make eye contact. Offer him a coffee. If you truly don’t have time or money at least smile and let him know that you will pray for him and do so immediately.
This is about our heart! We have to love as Christ did. We must feed the hungry, clothe the poor, love the uncared for, and pray for them all. If you still feel uncomfortable doing these things then pray and ask God to remove the scales from your eyes and tell him you are willing to allow him to change your heart concerning these issues. Then, let him work through you. You never know what God is up to and when he could place an eternal moment in your hands.
Love your neighbor as yourself. He commands it.