Are Homeless People Christian?

Something I posted at the Homeless Forums:

Jesus said in Luke 9:58 that “Foxes have holes and birds of the air [have] nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay [His] head.”

So why do people who feed homeless folks feel the need to moralize and preach at them? I live in my van but how do those people know that someone like me is more flawed than people who live in homes? (I know lots of housed people and we are all flawed and sinful in our own ways)

Perhaps many homeless people are actually more sanctified (holy and pure) than home’d people because of the persecutions and troubles they have gone through and should actually being doing the preaching?

Is being a Christian about being sanctified or being gentrified?

Here’s the post that prompted me to write this.

I both agree and disagree here. I was raised southern baptist, I’m no stranger to christian faith and beliefs. Seeking after God is something I’ve always done. As my situation went from bad to worst to better to worst again, I’ve heard all that doctrine over and over again from well meaning people. The problem, of course, is Jesus nor his disciples live a life full of creature comforts. The happiness Jesus was selling had to do with the internal, not the external. The happiness most churches sell is that you can pray your way to a life that has no suffering. The dangerous thing about this is that when times are good it gives you a false sense of righteousness and when times are bad the only logical conclusion is you’re not in God’s will. 

I think it’s really annoying when Christians act so sanctimonious about giving help.  Just help and shut up.  Don’t let your left hand know what you’re right hand is doing.

With that said, I’m probably not going to share here anymore if I help anyone.  I think my heart was in the right place and yet, perhaps there was a part of me that wanted you to think I’m a good person when I do something nice for someone.  Actually, there’s no perhaps about it.

Sermon over!

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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4 Responses to Are Homeless People Christian?

  1. Ryu says:

    “As cold as charity.”

    I’ve heard that our ancestors used to use this phrase. There is nothing more ugly that pity or charity. It makes the giver feel smug and the reciever degraded. Both lose.

    I see this on the large scale. There are some nations on Earth, with millions of people, that live almost entirely by charity. They are wretched places because there is no reason to improve. It would be more charitable to allow them to fail and to force them to grow.

    There is a really great movie about this:

  2. Maureen says:

    That movie looks awesome. I’m definitely going to watch the rest of it. Thanks Ryu!

  3. Daniel says:

    “When I do good – nobody remembers. When I do bad – nobody forgets.”

    • Maureen says:

      Awww….I think people remember the good sometimes. I have lots of fond memories of people helping me!

      I’m so glad you posted though Daniel. I hadn’t seen you in a while.

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