Conflicted. Awkward. Uncomfortable.
Have you ever driven up to an intersection where a panhandler is there with cardboard sign and felt any of these things? For many of us, we experience this every time we encounter a homeless person.
Why? For those of us who are followers of Jesus, when we serve and care for people in need, we are caring for and serving Jesus Himself. And when we ignore or neglect the destitute, we are ignoring Jesus.
“Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after Me.
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, WHEN did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help You?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’” (Matthew 25:41-45)
The question isn’t IF we should help, it’s WHERE and HOW? We wonder if we give cash to a panhandler if they will use it for drugs instead of food. That’s the conflict. We become paralyzed with indecision.
Is there a place in town where you can donate and get involved that will provide food, clothing, shelter to the least of these and help for those who are sick and in prison? Yes! Steelbridge. Since 1954, we have been loving and serving Jesus in this way, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
More than meeting basic needs, Steelbridge proclaims the good news that anyone and everyone can become a NEW person by putting their faith in Christ. “Jesus Saves” is more than a religious slogan. He absolutely does. We are witnesses of changed lives every day here.