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Sunday, May 23, 2010

It's Not Unusual

Living homeless is not that unusual, in fact, it is the very price we pay to be an apostle of the Gospel of Christ. Tattered, hungry and thirsty we are to suffer and endure the slander of others with compassion, empathy and forgiveness. Rejected and despised for our beliefs because we hold to what is the opposite of the world, we are then dismissed as trash. In solidarity, let us sympathetically embrace the homeless on our city streets as signs, images and symbols of our own pathetic condition.

"For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world. I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children." 1 Corinthians 4:9-14
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