Drug addict, alcoholic, lazy, whore, useless, unmotivated, dirty, and gross.*
This is an uncomfortable situation.
When I come across homeless people begging (which is not often where I live) I feel awkward, empathetic, frugal, and guilty. And in pretty much that order, but I always want to give. I think this is why it is so awkward.
Because I know.
Or at least I think I know.
That the money I give is going to drugs. The money I give is going to alcohol. The money I give is going to feed the man’s dog.
But who cares. Even if I know this for a FACT does it matter?
Should this keep me from giving?
At least I don’t think so. Even if I know. It does not matter, at least I don’t think it matters to God.
I think we have been called to give no matter what the circumstances.
It doesn’t mean I always do.
I am just saying that deep in my gut, I believe I always should.
I believe that this is what we have been called to do as Christians.
Love without judgement.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 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. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“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. 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, 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.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
* I quickly want to note that I don’t think everyone who finds themself homeless has a drug or alcohol problem. Not even close.