I don’t know about you, but I always struggle when confronted by someone asking for money. Whether they’re sitting at an intersection with a cardboard sign or they approach me on the sidewalk, I get the same conflicted feelings:
- Give them money. Jesus said to give to those who ask.
- Don’t give them money. They’ll spend it on drugs or alcohol.
- Give them money. God loves the poor.
- Don’t give them money. They should be working!
- Give them money. The Bible says we are to love our neighbor.
- Don’t give them money. There are soup kitchens and homeless shelters for that purpose.
I either end up giving a half-hearted offering that won’t solve their problems and only leaves me feeling slightly less guilty, or I just avoid eye contact altogether. Neither response feels right.
It was with immense relief that I read the following article in “Christianity Today,” written by a group of people I respect, a group focused on exactly the sort of issues I’m struggling with here. I trust their wisdom in this area.
Please click on the link and read the short article,