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Befriending People in Dallas Who Are Homeless

Liturgy and Action May 12, 2008

Filed under: Christianity,homelessness,hunger,inspiration,Leadership — Karen Shafer @ 6:17 pm


       “Do you wish to honor the Body of Christ?  Then do not allow it to be scorned in its members, in the poor, who have nothing to clothe themselves with.  Do not honor him in church with silk and then neglect him outside when he is cold and naked….  

       What does Christ gain from a sacrificial table full of golden vessels when he then dies of hunger in the persons of the poor?”

                                                                                       ~~St. John Chrysostom, Fourth Century


Thanks for the quote to Father Bob Johnston, Church of the Incarnation (Episcopal) newsletter, The Angelus.


5 Responses to “Liturgy and Action”

  1. carlos gomez Says:

    christ does not want sacrificial offerings He wants us to help those in need in the Bilbe in James 1:27 it says this is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Farther to vist orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the word. As followers of Christ this is what we are to do.
    But christ will not let His people die of hunger. so as bad as this may read most homeless are drunks and drug uses therefore these people are not part of the body of Christ. for what does sin have to do with Christ? a person that is in the body of Christ is a holy temple and such a person would not defile his or her body. now there are poor people that are not homeless and if they or a homeless preson are in Christ He will see for their needs. But still we are to love and help those that need it.
    Sincerely Carlos Gomez

  2. Karen Shafer Says:

    ‘most homeless are drunks and drug uses’

    Not sure where you got this information…but unless you’ve done a personal, face-to-face survey, I’m pretty sure that’s something you don’t know for certain! There is substance abuse on the street, but far from ‘most homeless.’

    ‘therefore these people are not part of the body of Christ.’

    With respect, we surely do have different versions of Christianity if this is what you believe, Carlos! Last I heard Christ was all about embracing sinners, as we are all sinners and fall short of God’s glory. I know I do. There but for God’s GRACE go I.


  3. carlos gomez Says:

    Christ is about having sinners repent and change and not to retrun to the old things that keep them in sin. when some one turely accepets Christ they are a new person the old sinful person should have been replaced. and they should keep the commanments of Christ.
    Sincerely CARLOS

  4. Alycia Says:

    God does not want us to “help” those in need but to stand in solidarity with all of our brothers and sisters. God wants us to understand that each person’s liberation is bound us in each other, therefore if one of us is not free, then neither are you.
    Making blanket statements that promote hatred and dehumanize individuals is a defilement of the holy temple.
    Homelessness is a much deeper issue then drug and alcohol abuse. If you say that all homeless people are drunks and drug addicts and that they are not apart of the body of Christ, then you are excusing yourself from addressing the systemic injustices and justifying your inaction. It is far easier to label people as sinners (but we are all sinners whether we repent or not) and cast them off continuing our lifestyle, then to point the finger at ourselves, confess our privilege and how it contributes to the system of oppression, and then change our ways. Christ, who you mention, was a liberator. He challenged the oppressive government of his time, the Roman government. He stood in solidarity with the people you just mentioned as not apart of the body of Christ. His message was one of liberation and revolution for the poor people. To treat the “least of these” in such a manner is to treat Christ as not being apart of God or worthy of God.

  5. Karen Shafer Says:

    Beautifully stated. Thank you for commenting!


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