Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I drove past Jesus 3 times today

So I'm near the University of Akron today heading to a job-site and I see a woman in a wheelchair on a corner with a sign asking for food or clothes ("anything helps......God Bless" the sign notes). But the light changed and I wasn't going to block traffic and get out of my I drove on.

Then as I approached another intersection there's a guy with a similar sign and the light has just turned red so I'm thinking "I have plenty of time to get out, or even call the guy over". But there's this big SUV in the lane closest to the sign guy and I'm in the middle lane, so I pull up beside the big SUV and it hides my car from the sign guy. Then I sit there and wonder why the guy in the big, shiny SUV with the chrome rims doesn't give sign guy a little something. I mean he is CLOSER to sign guy after all. But he doesn't and the light turns green and ..............I drive on.

Very next light, no kidding, is sign person number three. So I've noticed beggars near the highway at the U of A before and I'm now starting to wonder why they're near a college campus and not downtown near all the big office buildings. Perhaps panhandling laws? Or maybe the asking is better near 20 somethings who work and go to classes and have just enough vs. those of us who have plenty and work hard for it thank you very much? Okay that's a subject for another posting. Let's go back to my short story of being UNchristian today.

So yeah the very next light is person number three. But the light is green and I'm on the clock for work anyway so.................I drive on.

Then I thought of Matthew 5:42 where Jesus tells us to "give to those who ask". The sadder part of that is I just listened to a sermon about this teaching last Sunday!

I'll bet somewhere today, just outside my range of hearing, a rooster crowed.


Anonymous said...

I encountered one of those homeless people at a game outside the stadium while visiting Akron, OH. She wanted a cigarette and $4.39. My friend gave her that cigarette, but I had no cash on me so declined the offer. As she walked away, I saw a bottle of booze in her back pocket as she shouted God Bless you! Do you really think because they have a sign and sit on a corner that they are Jesus and your obligation to help? I guess I've helped so many that have taken advantage of my free hotel rooms and food and think God would have me help those who are truly helpless.

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