Perhaps you have heard such stories and others like it. Government entities in the USA pressuring churches for anything is out of bounds according to the laws of the land. But I have no desire to appeal to the US Constitution, not really. That is not the final authority. God is. But even so, I think a church has a responsibility to stand up to this kind of pressure! Not appealing to human laws, but to human conscience.
Churches are made up of groups of people who together show their love for God and one another to be more important than anything else in creation. A willingness to suffer that love is itself the most powerful witness for God before the principalities and powers. I am not saying write your congressman. I am not saying rise up in rebellion against the government. I am not even saying you should bad mouth your government. No. I am just saying, the church should take a stand for self-sacrificial love.
Just hold the ground, church. Just go there to the place of shame, pain, and despair and say to the powers, if you must punish poor people, we will take the punishment for them. Bulldoze our church building, if you must! But we will let them sleep here until you kill us! We will feed them until you kill us. We will make them welcome until you kill us!
Oh… and if you really take it that far, then you are picking a fight with God – not just a few homeless people. You are killing God’s people, not just a few bums! And he loves these people, but we will take your punishment for them!
Maybe you don’t realize it is even happening. But if you are God’s people, you have an obligation to look into it before the Matthew 25 king comes and holds judgment on the sheep and goats.
Check it out for your self: