The Bible and Homelessness

Being a pastor it is easy to preach! My last blog, “Homeless Is Not a Disease,” may illustrate this. There are things that need to be preached. It is hard not to preach in defense of the homeless because the Bible is supportive of the poor, the hungry, and the homeless.

The ESV translation actually mentions the homeless poor in Isaiah 58:7. The real telling scripture about the homeless is Leviticus 25:35-36(HCSB translation) “35 If your brother becomes destitute and cannot sustain himself among[a] you, you are to support him as a foreigner or temporary resident, so that he can continue to live among you. 36 Do not profit or take interest from him, but fear your God and let your brother live among you.”

No doubt some will say that is Old Testament. I would offer from the New Testament James 2:15-16(KJV) “15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” God cares for the poor!

God’s expectation for us is to take care of the poor and hungry. It is to compassionately minister to those in need. This is the heartbeat of West Virginia Rescue Ministries. I would be derelict in duty to not advocate on their behalf. I have to employ my energy to see that they are fed, housed, and clothed. That is why Union Mission serves 3 meals a day, houses the homeless nightly, and operates a thrift store (Penny Pincher, 113 Fairmont Ave. Fairmont) to clothe those in need. This is why I would gladly welcome your partnership in this endeavor.

I must be assertive in my advocacy of the hungry, homeless, and needy. To care for the poor was drilled into me from my childhood. It is my parent’s legacy that I care for the poor. But it also is God’s heart.

It is common sense to take care of those in need. It is socially responsible to make provision for the homeless. It is also biblically accurate. If anyone could spend a day with the homeless their understanding of the homeless person’s plight would grow and become compassion.

The homeless need a voice and someone to hear that voice. Let me close this blog with Proverbs 21:13(HCSB) “13 the one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor 
will himself also call out and not be answered.”

Thank you for hearing the cry and answering.

George E. Batten
Executive Director

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