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!