It’s a people problem!

Government is constantly saying, “We’ve got to do something about the homeless problem!”  What they’re really saying is, “We’ve got to get rid of these annoying homeless people!”  The social services say it’s because of a lack of affordable housing.  Law enforcement says they are breaking the vagrancy laws.  The Health Department says they are a health code enforcement problem.  The churches are saying “We’ve got to help these poor people.”  So what does it all boil down to?  It’s a people problem.  And there are almost as many reasons for homelessness as there are homeless people and trying to rid ourselves of them is like getting rid of fire ants.  You can get rid of the tent city but they’ll just go underground for a while and then pop up somewhere else.  To fix the problem we have to fix the people. There is no one-size-fits-all solution but there is one common denominator that can lead to the solutions.  That common denominator is Christ in the lives of these people.  Many will say that they are Christians but only because they know ABOUT Christ but have no personal relationship with Him. That’s like saying you are being cured of an infection because you know ABOUT antibiotics.  In both cases the cure must be taken internally to have an effect.

The church, that is the Christ followers, need to step up and address the problem without the government’s help. If the government gets involved they will prevent us from giving the homeless the ONE thing they need most…CHRIST.  Without that one ingredient nothing else will work.  If you agree then support your local homeless facility with your prayers, your effort and your money.  But it must be an organization that presents God’s plan of salvation to every resident.

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