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How do you feel when a stranger asks you for money?

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How do you feel when a stranger asks you for money, either on a street or in your church? I have given money to strangers in the past that looked like they were in need. I have done this when they have walked up to me while I was out and about. I always have that thought of doubt in my mind whether I should or not. Hebrews 13:2 states the following, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” I have always wondered about this verse and those who have approached me that are in need. I was in Houston TX recently and was overwhelmed by the amount of people standing on street corners holding signs begging for help. It seems that all the signs claim that they are Vietnam veterans and need of acceptance. They also always seem to be wearing old GI jackets. I have been reluctant in the past to help these types of individuals that were standing on street corners. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 states, “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: if anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” In the Old Testament the book of Proverbs has several things to say about those who refuse to work. Proverbs 21:25 says, “The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.” So how do we balance what the Bible has to say? How can you give without encouraging idleness? I have a good friend that always carries trash bags in his car. He always stops to help those who are seeking money. He hands them a trash bag and tells them to pick up all the trash in the area that he/she are holding signs up begging for help. He instructs them to fill the trash bag up and he will return within the hour and bring them some food and ten dollars. He will pick up the trash bag from them in exchange for the food and money. I have also started to do this as well. I also keep in the car a few made up kits that contain a tooth brush and tooth paste, soap and shampoo, comb with a package of “wet ones” in a zip lock bag. I also have Bible tracts I have had great luck in coming back and seeing the trash bag full of trash. There have been a few that have refused up front and those are the ones that I question. But at least I am prepared to help those in need. Here is a free resource that you can order free Bible tracts from Billy Graham… https://secure.billygraham.org/testimony-tract/testimony-tract.aspx?SOUR... God Bless Rodney

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