You stupid Lubbockites before whose eyes Jesus was publically portrayed as crucified… Who has bewitched you? (Galatians 3:1).
I am seeing Lubbock’s homeless in the headlines a lot recently because of the mess they tend to generate. Sadly, this is deeply misguided for a “Christian community.” How many excuses do I need to make? If you are classically white, middle-class, do you not have attics, garages, and storage units full of your glutted mess? Why do you look down your nose on a man who has no home for his gluttony?
Numerous times I hear the notion floated out there that if Lubbock shows kindness to the homeless, it will only attract more of them. This notion is a response to stories of the messes generated. Apparently that is a bad thing??? I am quite sure that notion is floated out there by voters for the critical consideration of other voters.
But this is a “Christian community!” So, enough with the excuses! The preacher at Vandelia Church two weeks ago cited Lubbock as professing to be 85% Christian. I hope that with 85% of our city claiming Christ, we are more focused on the image of Christ than on the mess and burden of our homeless brothers and sisters. Yes, their lives are a mess, but that is Jesus you are looking at (Matt. 25:40&45).
So, think about this notion – from a Christian perspective: Jesus crucified at Golgotha does not raise property value for voters, but the mess there sure raises the value for believers whose citizenship is in Heaven (Phil. 3:20). You have a chance to draw near to God if you turn (repent) and face the mess thus seeing the Reign of God come on earth like it is in heaven (Mark 15:39).
You will find a party there (Luke 14:13; Ps. 23:5). You are invited (Rev. 2:17). It takes faith to find Jesus in that mess, but I hope you will.