Hey Stupid Church, Stop Filming The Homeless

Last weekend we had another set of “weekend warrior” churches down in the Parker Street community handing out food to the homeless (more of my thoughts on this in a later post). Among the regular churches doing drive-by feedings was a new church. They had van full of fast food and water.  They had a van full of video cameras. They also had a van full of boneheads! In order for the homeless to get food from this “church” our neighbors had to agree to be filmed receiving the “hand out”.  Several folks were made to comment – on camera – how “blessed they were” because the church brought them food. Hey stupid church, stop filming the homeless!  The Parker Street neighborhood isn’t some “Homeless Country Safari” where you drive around shooting pictures of the “wild homeless species” in their natural habitat.  They are human freakin’ beings – show some respect!  You ask before you take a picture – and you certainly don’t demand it to get a bag of chips. Many homeless have checkered pasts, outstanding warrants and estranged families – they don’t want their picture all over the Internet or on a screen at your church this Sunday. Some are embarrassed by what their life has become and others are hurt that they are nothing more than a spectacle in your “help our church feel good about buying a box full of Big Macs” video. Hey stupid church, if you are going to help people then help people without strings – or film – attached. In the end all you did was cause more mistrust of the Church by people in need of Jesus!

Hey Stupid Church, Stop Filming The Homeless

2 thoughts on “Hey Stupid Church, Stop Filming The Homeless

  1. Don Mitchell says:

    Chris, Right or wrong, one day when you are standing before God as I will also, God will ask what we did to help the poor. It doesn’t matter what these people’s past may be. That is between God and them. The content of the hearts of those ”boneheads” as you referred, they have to stand before God as well. If the content of their heart was selfish, it is between them and the Lord.Read what Jesus said in Matthew 25 starting verse 35-46 . I am in no way trying to hurt your feelings, but as a believer, I have to say we agree to disagree. God Bless you Chris, Don Mitchell

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  2. Kim Edinger says:

    I have to agree with Chris. This was exploitation of real people with real needs, that have real feelings and real emotions. This was not Busch Gardens and these people should not have been “scripted” in order to get a Big Mac. I believe that δίδωμι dídōmi in the fashion of Matthew 25 means to give (בּוֹא) as an entrustment of God’s love. Not with an ulterior motive or exploitation. Yeshua was hungry after fasting in the wilderness and Satan offered him food, with the ultimate ulterior motive. Yeshua denied it. In the end, yes, it is between them and God but it’s no wonder one of the biggest advocates for atheism is Christianity, especially when you see “Christians” acting like this. Face it, some churches are decieved and God is not in it. Pray for these people, they’re lost. I noticed that the Greek root word translated to Hebrew starts with bet and has Aleph at the end- how cool is that?

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