Only Compassion Can Thread the Needle

Commentary by George Williams

Get ready for the second coming. For it has been written: the first will be last and the last will be first.

Those of us who are in a situation financially or in any form or fashion that are able to make a difference should do so. The reason the Bible states that it is difficult for a rich man to enter is because they do not do more with their good fortune to help the less fortunate. If more people would at least acknowledge the homeless instead of pretending they are invisible or that they all are that way simply because they have accepted poverty as a way of life, it would make a difference.

I, myself was a homeless person long enough to see what it feels like to be in a situation that Christ and his Disciples found themselves in when they were on earth. The first time I found it funny and strange how some people with their temporary trappings of material success and happiness treat such people like they are aliens from another planet just because they have found themselves victims of a society which cares more about greed than about human suffering.

As a distributor of the Grapevine, I continue to see how some people react when they even see the homeless. They act without realizing what goes around comes around. So the next time they think about snubbing their noses or in any manner or form disrespecting such a person remember it could happen to you or someone close to you. If we are going to survive much longer as a human race we are going to have to come out of the “Me, I, and Self Syndrome,” and start caring more for the homeless, the sick, the lonely, and the unwanted. We need to dust off our Bibles and take a look at how it records all the things taking place today.

Copyright NEOCH and the Homeless Grapevine published June 1996-July 1996 Issue 16