Jesus a homeless bum?
Here are two articles about homelessness. One is about what homeless folks really need, and the other is about Jesus being homeless. These articles really hit close to home for me because I have had the great opportunity to work with several homeless ministries over the last few years.
The first article makes the point that ultimately homeless people, like all people, need others to acknowledge them and let them know they are loved. One of the my favorite homeless ministries that I have ever been a part of was just a group of college students who saw a need and decided to meet it. We went to downtown Little Rock every Friday night with bags full of cheeseburgers, which has since become bags full of healthier foods, and found people on the streets. We offered them a cheeseburger, and when we had it, we offered socks, water, etc. But that wasn’t the really great part.
The best part was that we got to sit down with them under bridges and beside train tracks and in alleys, and talk and play dominoes and hug and pray. We visited some homeless shelters too and sang hymns and praise choruses , handed out bibles to those who wanted them, and once again just sat and talked for hours. What was so incredible to me about his ministry is that it wasn’t some well organized church or non-profit organization, it was just a group of college students who truly believed there was no better way to spend a Friday night. Since I have moved to Nashville this ministry has grown by leaps and bounds, they go on Friday and Saturday now, they visit several more locations, they post prayer requests on Facebook, and sometimes some of them even spend the night on the streets with those who have become their friends. Praise God!
This is only one of the ministries I have had the opportunity to be a part of, the others have also been a real blessing because they were first and foremost about sharing the love of Christ by meeting people where they are and looking to meet more than just an immediate physical need.
The second article is about Jesus being homeless. The main thing that I took away from it was the way we church folk often ignore the humanity of Jesus. We talk about Him as if He floated around on a golden cloud all the time. While in fact He walked among the lepers, sat by a well and talked with a “half-breed” whore, ate at the same table with the most despicable people in society, and called people like me to follow Him.
So what do you think? Was Jesus a homeless bum? Do we too often dress the ministry of Jesus up with church language? How can we follow Christ by loving the “unlovable”?