Proverbs 21:13New International Version (NIV)
13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor
will also cry out and not be answered.
This verse came to mind this morning as I looked outside and saw the snow again! Then I started to watch the early morning news. It showed how the authorities are ousting the homeless here in Denver on a regular basis. These folks have nowhere to go. Their possessions are thrown into large garbage trucks that follow the police as they displace the people from downtown in an effort to ‘clean up’ the city. This all in an effort to entice people from other states to visit and move to Denver. Better for our economy they say.
This morning I saw that they are now going under the bridges and over-passes, tearing up the homeless camps there. WHERE ARE THESE FOLKS SUPPOSED TO GO?
I understand the problems that arise with disease and unsanitary conditions in these camps because of trash, urine and defficating…but how do we displace these folks with no regard to their well-being, and no plan as to where they can go?
I have many questions…and mostly no answers to this problem. However, I’m sure there is a solution. The city has so much land; why not take a large plot and let them all go there! How about port-a-potty’s placed near/within these camps? And a few shower stalls as well? How about those large tent like structures that construction companies put up to house all of their equipment? That would house many people who have fallen upon hard times and have nowhere to go.
I guess this is more of a rant today, than it is a blog post, but I really “feel” for these people! My dad used to say, “When you see someone that’s ‘down and out’, don’t give them a boot to the face…give them a hand-up! Maybe that is all the encouragement they need to change!” He was right!
Some of these folks want to get jobs, but have no address or I.D. -which is required to be employed. Why not give this plot of land an address. Why not allow these homeless folks access to an I.D.? Obama offered an opportunity to the illegal aliens a while back to go to the DMV and provide them with I.D. cards so they could register to vote! Why can’t we give I.D. cards to homeless folks so they could find jobs?
A lot of these homeless folks are former Vets. They fought for America. Many still have PTSD problems, but cannot get any medical help. Why don’t we have volunteer Medical Doctors, Trained psychologists, Nurses, EMT’s and Interns set up a free clinic to aid these folks?
I could go on for hours about “how” we could at least help these folks…give them a glimmer of hope…give them some of their dignity back…set them on the right path…help them recover and be a productive members of Society, instead of a drain and a plight…but there is not enough paper, ink, or time.
So, I will end with this…read the verse again. In everyday, plain language it’s saying this:
DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU…WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND, KARMA, …or my favorite…
“Don’t be misled–you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” -Galatians 6:7 NLT