“And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.”
The dark shadow that causes home insecurity looms over America, while foolishness rules our country.
Since the Great Depression, there has been an eerie, consuming absence of compassion among our people. Call it what you will but it is a reflection of the lack of self-love. If we cared about ourselves, suffering would not include homelessness.
Yes, Jesus teaches that the poor would always be. But not as an excuse or reason to ignore those in need but as a testament on human kind and the inherent lack of self-love. He knows that people will misdirect their resources while foolishly believing they are better off when they are not.
When we overlook the poor, homeless people, broken spirits or disabled – we simultaneously overlook ourselves. It may not be as plain as housing or some other loss, but people, no matter how selfish and endowed they are, neglect their own well being by not addressing the needs of others. As the blight of hunger and oppression grows so does all the negative impacts of life without basic subsistence.
Work it through. Restrict policy and programs from the masses, silently endorse crime, brokenness and addiction. Increased vulnerabilities, increased fear, isolation, abandonment.
Look around. See the slow creeping dark shadows of the haves growing larger as those who cast the shadow inwardly grow smaller and more afraid.
But it doesn’t have to be this way…
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