Thursday, September 19, 2013

Poverty & Blessing Bags

Two topics we haven't been able to escape lately: money and the poor.

Gosh dang it is such good stuff and we are really feeling our hearts heavy but open to what God is trying to imprint on us about both.

Just recently I was in a particular setting where the speaker was voicing his opinion about the homeless.  "Don't give them even one dollar.  Don't!  They will stick it in their arm or drink it away.  They aren't going to buy a hamburger.  You aren't helping anyone.  Don't give."

Cringe.

I winced at his words.  The chords of judgement didn't strike me as correct or compassionate or even remotely Jesus-like.  Maybe monetary giving won't solve long term issues like poverty of the mind and generational sin...but aren't we called to action in someway?  

Even a small way?

I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.
Psalm 140:12

I've given my fair share of intended coffee-cash to the needy mama on the corner or the lonely looking guy on the street.  Maybe it did end up in a syringe, but who am I to judge?

All that is on our hearts these last few weeks is to make our lives an echo of Psalm 140; laboring to secure justice for the poor and uphold the cause of the needy.

How does that look?  Shoot if we know!  But a blessing bag is a humble step of faith we're taking as well as partnering with legit ministries that help resource, clothe, feed, change futures, and stabilize the least of these.

Click here for the full tutorial.  We included in a freezer ziploc: water bottle, toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, mouth wash, kleenex, body soap, peanut butter crackers, granola bar, tide to-go, a sweet treat, and ginger ale.  To be added: socks, gloves, more snacks.

But for now I can't turn my eyes down from the dirty scruff on the man that I pass everyday to school.  Just because poverty and addiction and having no address make me uncomfortable, doesn't mean I get to look away.

Jesus never did.

I keep one in my backpack on the way to school and others in our cars to give away when we're driving.  It's a simple, humble gesture but one that says "You're valuable.  And I see you."

  Poverty is written deeply on our hearts right now.  It's impressed on our hearts to give tangibly, like these blessing bags, give financially to solid ministries, and continue to seek His kingdom for more wisdom.

Because oddly, enough, those who are poor, are considered by God to be among the most blessed.

How very expected of our radical God.  Gently breaking our social stigmas into a thousand pieces only to rebuild the rubble into something more beautiful

He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world.

Samuel 2:8

2 comments:

  1. I like this idea. I think this is probably wiser than giving money. I did a study on homeless people and a very large percentage of 'truly' homeless people were on drugs. And the reason they are able to be live on the streets is because 'drugs' mess with their mibds. The other 'homeless' percentage weren't homeless at all, but just smart enough to know they can make a lot of money that way!! Maybe something you could add to your bags is a track or flier for your church or a near by one. If you couple this wonderful gesture with the gospel who knows how many souls could be saved by this?? Xxxoo. Awesome idea Carly

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  2. Vee such a good point! We will stick in there some resources for housing, food, church, and more. A simple thing to print off.

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