The Problem of Homelessness

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Living on the Streets

In an ethics course I was teaching, one of students said to the class, “Many Christians and churches are guilty of neglecting the homeless.” Here, in essence, is my response to that student:

Undoubtedly, there are many Christians and churches that are guilty of neglecting the homeless. You will not, then, find me making any excuses for them. However, in my opinion, the issue of homelessness is neither merely a “Christian” not a “church” issue, but also, and even more importantly, a universally human issue.

Since there is, ultimately, only one race, namely, the human race, then is follows that there is one human family. Thus, the issue of homelessness concerns Christians, atheists, Hindus, agnostics, Muslims, Jews and all people of good-will. Therefore, if we include within the scope of those to be concerned about homelessness people without any organized religion; all religions, ideologies or political affiliations and the government itself, then I suppose that we all are to blame for the blight of homelessness.

The practical solution, it seems to me, is for all people of good-will to help the homeless, churches included. All human beings have been thrust into a common world, namely, planet earth, and, together, we can make a meaningful difference in others’ lives, Christians included.

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