"Speaking of the “homeless”, it struck me one day. That my city has more than 5000 homeless people and is woefully lacking shelter for them. But the city also has about 80,000 residences. So I did the math and realized that if 5000 home owners took in only One homeless person, there wouldn’t really be a homeless problem in our city. :) In fact, we would still have 75,000 more residences than the number of homeless people. Yet, in a city of over 1,000,000 people, we seldom even hear of residents taking in a homeless person. Probably the same for your Hometown and doesn’t that pretty much sum up the state of contemporary Christianity?
Even worse though, we have hundreds of church buildings in the city too and I also realized that not even One local Christian church offers a bed for a homeless person. Most churches buildings sit empty 7 nights a week and are not offered to a homeless person as a place to sleep at night or have a meal. How is it even possible that we overlooked this? Isn’t this an integral part of what being a Christian is all about; Helping the Needy? In fact, if every Christian Religion in America offered their church buildings for homeless people to sleep in, this might all but completely solve the homeless problem wouldn’t it? Doesn’t require genius to figure that out and I even wrote to the Headquarters of one of the Baptist Church denominations suggesting this and guess what they said? Nothing! They wouldn’t even reply. So why aren’t Churches doing this? Why isn’t Your church doing it? Church buildings sit empty anyway so, for the love of God, how can we possibly call ourselves “Christians” and not open our minds to this solution?
Yes, there are some people who take in the homeless and needy but it’s usually for monetary compensation and you don’t have to be a Christian to do that. But the fact is, most Christians are not only too selfish to offer their own Home to a homeless person but they’re also too selfish to allow them to sleep in their empty church building. The very Place where they worship a loving God and it sits empty and useless every night. Bravo God’s Warriors! Something is extremely disturbing about that behaviour perhaps? In fact, churches won’t even take in one of their Own. If a parishioner falls upon tragedy and ends up homeless, even “they” are on their own. Indeed, I think it is sin and we need to stop wasting our church Space and start using it the way God intended?
Our priorities are wrong aren’t they? People are suffering in our hometowns and we can and should be doing something about it. Period! We treat the Homeless like pets in an animal shelter and like disaster victims filled with fear and hopelessness; they are made to lie on a floor beside each other in their soiled clothing and many suffering from ailments like malnutrition, mental illness, rotting teeth, diseases and addictions of all kinds but we won’t make room in our Churches and allow them some dignity? So what is preventing Your church from renovating part of it for a couple of beds, a bath and a shower and maybe a TV? And even if there are zoning By-laws which prohibit renovation of certain buildings, it is likely they would make an exception for “churches”? You could also make arrangements to take turns picking up a homeless person if they need a ride and bring them to the church each night where they may eat and sleep or buy them a Bus pass and have a meal ready for them before they have to wake up to the same plight the very next day.
Shouldn’t we stop locking our Church doors at night and open them 24/7 in the spirit of love and show God that you’re not hypocrites. Instead of just praying for the homeless, start doing for them. Invite them into your church family and teach them of repentance and baptism if need be, like we’re supposed to and if you’re worried they might damage the church, then take turns keeping an eye on the building or hire a Security Guard. What’s more important at your Church? Boy Scouts or feeding the hungry? What’s more important; BBQs or giving a homeless person a place to sleep and making them feel a little better? What’s more important; wedding rehearsals or money for Security to protect both your church and the homeless who would find sanctuary there?
Mercy; we should be receiving a homeless person just like any other newcomer and comfort them as best we can in His name and who knows; someone in your Congregation might even find a job for them one day? Dentists and Doctors in your Congregation could donate their services too. This is such a blatant oversight by Churches in America that I’m embarrassed just having to point it out. Our Churches have sat empty long enough and perhaps it’s time they start behaving more like Holy Sanctuaries instead of Businesses? So I pray that if this missive serves no other purpose than to encourage believers to utilize their Church facilities to house the homeless, then it was worth the effort. Because maybe one of the questions the Lord might ask Churchgoers is; why did your Church Building sit empty while there were Homeless, Helpless and Hungry people in your Community? Ouch! Starting to sink in yet?"