I have not posted simple messages in a while. I have been rambling through stream of consciousness mostly. And while that is the way I think and prefer to write, I don’t think it is as reader friendly.
Let me say here as simply as I can, this blog is all about Faith in Jesus and how that relates to the homeless (especially in Lubbock, Texas).
This ministry is most interested in the CHURCH‘s response to homelessness. Fat Beggars School of Prophets (FBSOP) sees Jesus in both the church and in the homeless and urges the church to see this image of God too. If the church, which is the body of Christ, sees Jesus in “the least of these brothers” (Matt. 25:40), then the appropriate response is to invite Jesus in (into our sanctuaries and our homes). After all, Jesus himself says, “Behold! I stand at the door and knock. If you open up, I will come in and eat with you….” (Rev. 3:20).
Also, if the church, which is the body of Christ, sees Jesus in the homeless, then the church will defend the homeless (James 1:27…anyone?) from scorn, shame, and harsh weather at the least and even from self-damaging behaviors and attitudes at the most. (You know… like a shepherd tending sheep!)
Finally, the church, in such a stance, will seek to usher “the world” into the Kingdom Party of God The Apocalyptic/Messianic Banquet (Isa. 25:6-8), as she invites the homeless into that party.
The statement above is about as simple as I can make it. Most of the rambling I do on this blog amounts to unpacking various aspects of it. As you can see, the whole thing is a statement of faith. Therefore, I typically sense a need to translate it into more “practical” language and agendas therein.
For instance, whereas most charitable organizations (both secular and religious) seek to aid the homeless and needy with programs geared toward alleviating poverty via food distribution, clothing, addiction treatment, job training and shelter (among other things), FBSOP urges the church to address all these things with, in, and through worship and hospitality.