Whether you’re a believer or not, you will be amazed to find out just how specifically The Bible addresses the Homeless issue and how God expects the homeless to be treated.
The Bible recognizes that poverty, social injustice, and homelessness are real problems that constantly affect society.
It shows God’s personal interest in the issue and instructs us to help those who are poor and needy, including those in homeless situations.
Jesus himself could identify with the homeless in His itinerant ministry. In Luke 9:58, Jesus says that the foxes and birds have homes, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. He stayed in the homes of whoever would welcome Him and sometimes outside. He was born in a stable and even spent His last night before His crucifixion outside in a garden. Does this alone not change your mind about the homeless? Maybe it’s time we start to look for the face of Jesus within the homeless instead of looking at the exterior and then turning away.
Here are 7 scriptures from the Bible that prove that this is an issue where God has called us to be he his hands on earth and why we should take it more seriously;
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!
The Bible could not be any clearer on the subject. It directs us to have compassion and mercy on the homeless.
“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy
1 John 3:17-18
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
There are many, many more scriptures in the Bible on this issue. The Bible could not be any clearer on the subject. It directs us to have compassion and mercy on the homeless. To give to them. To help them get something to eat. To help them find a place where they can lay down overnight. Maybe offer them some clean clothes, Maybe some medical help, a word of encouragement – and above all, some dignity and respect.
Compassion is a hallmark trait of Christianity in action.
Compassion is a hallmark trait of Christianity in action. Those who have a relationship with God soon figure out that He expects us to help those who are homeless because he has a relationship with them too. Therefore, homeless people are not without family. They have their brothers and sisters in Christ who have been commissioned to help them.
It’s time we go out of our way to provide for the homeless and others in need, trusting God to reward us in His time. Our Lord said, “When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous”
Nicole Munsami is a writer, blogger, and entrepreneur from South Africa. When she’s not busy typing her heart out, she’s usually at some random part of the world clicking photos of gorgeous sunsets. Check out her blog at www.purposefulprincess.com or Follow her on Instagram @nicole_g_m.