Helping The Homeless

“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.‘” (Matthew 25:44-45 NKJV)

Helping the Homeless

Hi friends! I hope that you are well and enjoying the beginning of summer. Thank you for reading and showing your support. I appreciate you!

The other day I was sitting in the drive-thru pharmacy waiting when a homeless man knocked on my window. He said that he was hungry. I told him that I would buy him something to eat. He then asked if I could just give him some money. When I said no, he walked off and proceeded to ask other drivers in line. Apparently, he didn’t want what I offered him, but he wanted cash to buy what he wanted. If he was really hungry, he would have accepted the meal.

I’m always skeptical about people asking for money. I wonder if they are really homeless, or if they are homeless and just want to buy alcohol or cigarettes. It makes it hard for me to want to give cash out to them. But I will happily go buy them something to eat if they are hungry.

It wasn’t the first time a homeless person turned down sustenance that I offered to them. It kind of makes me feel bad when they won’t let me help them because I know what Jesus said in Matthew 25. If we help someone who’s hungry, thirsty, or in need of help, we’ve done it also unto the Lord.

I’m curious to know how you all handle helping the homeless. Do you give them cash, buy them food, or write them off as scam artists?

I know that there are people out there who genuinely need and want help, but we can’t help anybody if they won’t accept it. It’s similar to the salvation that Jesus offers. He has this wonderful gift for all who are spiritually hungry, thirsty, and destitute. He’s already paid the price for it with His dear life. And we can present the gift of salvation to others, but they can choose to accept it or reject it.

We just have to keep offering to help the homeless and keep taking the saving news of Jesus Christ to the spiritually homeless. Then hopefully, they will one day have a home in heaven with the Lord.

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13 responses to “Helping The Homeless”

  1. Hi! I also offer to buy them a meal…it is often rejected as well😏

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  2. For the ones who you can definitely tell are addicted to some kind of substance no, other than that, if I can help, I do. It’s up to their conscience to do what they want with it 😊.

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  3. It’s sad. Glad to know I’m not the only one that happens to. Smh.

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  4. You make a good point. Just give and don’t worry about it after you do your part. I wish I could do that easily. I just hate to think that my money is going to waste – however much I give. You are very generous to give in that way. Maybe I’ll try it. 😊

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  5. In fact…they seem to be quite disgusted by my offer to feed them. Years again, a homeless man was begging outside of a chicken place… and when I offered to buy him a meal from that same restaurant, He said to me, “I don’t eat that!!” 🤭

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  6. 😂 I guess beggars can be choosy!

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  7. Your response was wise. I have bought many sandwiches and meals for homeless people in other cities, but NEVER give cash!
    In Lexington, our city council has set up a program where a homeless person can get work for a day and cash payment at the end of their shift, yet panhandlers persist at street corners to seduce the gullible into handing out cash. Most disturbing are those who have a dog with them, cigarettes or cell phones, or other evidence that they are expending money on non-essentials rather than spending on what matters.
    Like your experience, I have never found a panhandler in Lex who was willing to let me buy them a meal.
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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  8. Wow. That sounds like a great program in Lexington. It’s sad that some people still try to take advantage of others’ kindness and won’t take the work or a meal. All we can do is try to help them. If they refuse the help, then that’s on them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

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  9. We both where are on same page with this topic. God is good.

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  10. I blog about this kind of thing a lot, actually. I have no problem giving money if I have it to give. Inviting someone into my HOME, especially if they are homeless and in need of a home, is always the best option, but not always feasible.

    I invite you and your readers to check out a couple of links where I offer some extensive and challenging thoughts on such matters.

    Thanx for blogging on this and caring.

    https://fatbeggars.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/why-all-the-worry-about-giving-a-few-dollars/

    https://fatbeggars.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/this-just-in-jesus-ate-lunch-at-popeyes-today/

    https://fatbeggars.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/life-after-lunch-with-jesus/

    https://fatbeggars.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/still-digesting-eucharist/

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  11. Wow. I think that is awesome. What a wonderful experience you had with Agent H. Enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for sharing. You certainly gave me something to think about. Especially Luke 6:30. The Scripture surely is convicting. Thank you again for stopping by and providing a different perspective on giving to the poor and homeless.

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