Should You Give To The Homeless?
There’s a lot of need out there in the world.
I remember coming across this video one day and it blew me away:
People eating meat collected from landfills!
I would’ve never thought that people do this in some parts of the world. In the video you can see cockroaches and mice rummaging through the piles of garbage. The same piles of garbage that this meat is “foraged” from.
Again…this is thrown-away half-eaten meat from all over the place that is washed like they were dirty laundry, and then re-cooked and sold for consumption.
There’s poverty everywhere in the world
In the US, I’m pretty sure there are laws against collecting and selling landfill meat. Having said that, even in relatively wealthy countries like the United States, there’s a lot of poverty.
Even where I live in the greater Los Angeles area, you see homeless people all the time standing by the corner or street constantly asking for some spare change.
The time I gave $200 to a homeless person
I most often give $20’s whenever someone asks me; but once, I gave $200 to a homeless man and he thanked me by saying “there is a God.”
Now some people would probably say he might use that money for drugs and alcohol; and there’s some truth to that, but I don’t know. Some people probably will, but I’m sure some won’t.
At this point in my life I don’t feel like it’s my place to judge everything, figure everything out.
Some people will use it the right way, and some will abuse it
Let’s just say, hypothetically, out of 10 homeless people you give money to, if even just 1 of them truly needed it, wouldn’t you say that was worth it? Or phrased in another way: should that 1 honest individual who really needed the money to buy food or something legitimate, be punished for the “sins” of the 9 others?
You know what I mean?
If you’re Christian, here’s my further reasoning on giving
If you’re Christian, you know God likes a cheerful giver. There are so many verses in the bible about giving to the poor and needy so just google it if you want to read some of them.
I think when God commends us for giving to the poor, it’s not like He’s waiting to see what they will do before He counts it as a good deed.
Am I making sense?
Once the money is given, it doesn’t matter what they end up doing with it. You’ve already done the good deed. So you’ve done your part. And God is happy with that. Am I making sense? It’s moot what they do with it as far as you’re concerned. That’s between them and God.
God doesn’t say, only give to those who are in need if you’re ABSOLUTELY SURE they’ll only buy things that are good, and not squander the money on senseless stuff like alcohol. There aren’t clauses like these in the bible!
A random act of kindness starts with you
Whether or not you’re Christian though; For all of you that are successful out there, count your blessings. Success, fame, and money are all temporary. You can’t take anything with you when you’re dead so you might as well give towards good causes.
I wonder what the world would be like if everybody, all 7 billion people didn’t go to sleep until they did one random act of kindness – It’d be interesting.
I’m no expert but it’d probably be better than all the nonsense that goes on now in the world, violence and injustice. Wouldn’t you agree?
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” – Proverbs 19:17