I Would Like To Introduce You To Jesus, But…

I would like to introduce you to Jesus, but out here on the dusty Galilean trails, he is mobbed by poor, needy, lowly people everywhere he goes (Mark 3:7-10).  There are so many poor, needy, lowly people gathered around him that it can be difficult to get close enough to him to touch his shirt (Mark 5:24-31), much less shake his hand.  Even catching him when he sits down to eat is difficult since the place is so full of poor, needy, lowly people (Mark 3:20; 6:31).

But wait… I know…

Come meet him where I go to church!  There ain’t none of those pesky, poor, needy people there!  You are sure to find him there!

Yeah!  That’s it!  Come to church!  You are sure to meet him THERE.

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10 comments

  1. Well said! Most of our churches, in America, have been scrubbed clean of the needy and poor. Not so in other countries. Not so in the inner city churches either. Except for the “First Church of XYZ” like here in Dallas. But then some of them solve that by moving to the suburbs. Sanitized again. Problem solved.

    Be blessed. Thanks for speaking the truth. God is with you.

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  2. T. F. Thompson · 17 Days Ago

    Yeah, in most churches here Jesus has been kicked out just like God was kicked out of the schools in 1962. How is God supposed to help when He isn’t even allowed inside?

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  3. Question: Is cash bail / bond an issue for the homeless who are arrested? I’ve begun to look at it and I am shocked by it all. If so, is it a local or state issue?

    Thanks!

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    • Agent X · 17 Days Ago

      This looks like a great question.

      And you would think I am a person who should have some ready insight – especially since I recently worked in law enforcement. But I do not know. (I notice you referring to me as a homeless expert recently. Sorry to let you down. That is not a term I would use to describe myself. I am a street minister… but my expertise, if we can call it that, is Bible/church actually – and the interface of those things with homelessness. Anyway… enough with the caveat.) I would like to know.

      I guess I hope you will offer your findings. In the meantime, I wonder if you might narrow down the focus a bit for me. What do you mean by “issue”? I am thinking that most of my friends tend to TIME out rather than BAIL/BUY out. Is that what you are talking about?

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      • Agent X, I apologize for the incorrect “label”. I’ll go back and edit it out.

        The bail issue, as I understand it, is bail was created as a way to get people out of jail while they await trial by providing an incentive to make sure they show up for subsequent court dates. On any given day, jails around the country are filled with some 450,000 people who are being held pretrial. As you know, just a few days in jail can have pretty significant consequences. And, you haven’t even been convicted of anything yet. If you don’t have a home or job, that seems very unjust.

        I am working with a few ministers who are tackling the issue in their communities so I am trying to learn more about how it works, etc.

        Thanks for any insight you may have!

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      • Agent X · 17 Days Ago

        Oh… man.
        No need to apologize. No offense in it, just don’t think I really live up to it. However, I should try putting it on a resume and see if it gets me a job!

        When I worked in the jail, I did not do any kind of statistical research. But I saw lots of my street friends from the psych ward and the streets. They have next to no resources usually. Thy wind up sitting it out rather than bailing out – or so it appeared to me. I can’t think of an single exception.

        I will say this. The Lubbock County Jail, so I learned in the training, is (or recently was) a state-of-the-art facility designed in various ways to serve the incarcerated as well as keep them off the streets. Lots of incentive programs! Very imaginative and forward thinking stuff. My hats off to the place for that.

        However, to my observation, two things severely lacking.

        1. Child care for children of the inmates. I proved to myself that care and attention given to the kids who visit (some almost daily) by a person in uniform makes a positive impact. In fact, I really think the potential is there to make the incarcerated parents jealous and thus desirous to improve their parenting… and law enforcement is in a good position to move with that – IF it will ever occur them those in charge.

        2. Lubbock Jail moved out by the air port about a decade ago (the decade is why I say we may not be state-of-the-art at this point). It is out of citibus transit system grid. Thus the poor, who make up the vast majority of the population, do not have transportation to and from for visits or even when being released. It is a real hardship to walk the 5-7 miles to and from the nearest bus stop! And I really wish the church in Lubbock would create a shuttle system to ferry people back and forth at least twice a day.

        But that is about the extent of what I can think to say, and it is way off your point.

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  4. Agent X · 17 Days Ago

    Anonymous comment says:

    Good! Even better minus sarcasm… draw more flies with honey than vinegar…. readers are the lost sheep! Woe them don’t beat them. Or maybe the radicalized keep radicalizing hoping for holy war. Consider that. Still a good start. If that matters

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  5. laceduplutheran · 16 Days Ago

    Thankfully Comfortable Christianity is showing itself for what it is – a lie. And it will die, like it should because people see right through it.

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  6. John Lewis · 15 Days Ago

    Not hoping for a holy war, but hoping for the bride of Christ in which all are welcome, in which the neck ties sit next to the neck tattoos, in which there are no barriers to the table of grace.

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