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Sign the Apocalypse is NOT upon us.

March 27, 2007

This week’s sign that the apocalypse is not upon us starts in Dallas, Texas. Check out this article from the USAToday for confirmation.

If cities in our country have nothing better to do than limit peoples ability to help those in need then clearly we are in super good shape. If instead of worrying about crime and drugs and murder and rape we instead are focusing on limiting charity than things must be going really good in these fair cities.

If real crime is down so far that we can start making laws about food handling for the poor, well I can’t think of any better evidence to show that impending doom is not on the horizon.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. johndobbs permalink
    March 27, 2007 2:46 pm

    Interesting story, Darin. I agree that more should be done to offer services to the homeless – including helping them make steps toward reclaiming their lives. Just to be the devil’s advocate here … Do some Christian groups feel the need to ignore established laws and then feign a righteous indignation when they are called on it? The city hasn’t said “DO NOT FEED HOMELESS” … it said “FEED HOMELESS HERE AND HERE AND HERE” … and what part of that did the organization in question not understand? If the law is too restrictive…perhaps something can be done about that. I see two sides to this story and maybe I’m misjudging the people involved. Provocative.

  2. March 27, 2007 3:00 pm

    John,

    I’m glad you feel comfortable being the devil’s advocate, you and Peter, but… No, I’m glad you feel comfortable bringing up a counter point because it is good to think about.

    We could have a great discussion about enabling etc. but what type of outreach could not be excluded on the same grounds? We don’t mind you evangelizing but it must be done here, here and here.

    I think if trash was an issue then that is a problem but ticketing the group for littering makes a lot more sense to me than saying go over to this parking lot.

    I don’t know how close these locations are but it would seem that these people are going to where the people are not expecting them to come to them. They are just trying to be missional and not attractional. (Today’s missional humor brought to you by the Salvation Army who still don’t know if they are or aren’t)

    I am just curious, in your disaster relief did you go or did the people come or was it both? I just think there is a place for both and to limit one does seem to have more to do with making being homeless more inconvenient as if there is a way to do that.

  3. March 28, 2007 5:13 am

    Darin,

    I nearly detonated at work today when I read this article. This is simply another attempt by local government to appease their biggest sources of revenue by playing the relocation game with the homeless, hungry, and helpless.

    Jesus’ healing activities seem to have been double-edged in nature: he would often heal publicly to both ease the suffering of the weak AND to shame the rich and powerful for having ignored or (more commonly) pushed aside their weaker brethren.

    So long as government is encouraged to continue playing the relocation game with the victims of the American Dream, the poor will continue to be shuffled out of sight, out of mind, so that the tourists won’t feel uncomfortable in any way.

    Jesus was a master at making the complacent and ambitious feel uncomfortable. Let us go and do likewise.

    in HIS love,
    Nick

  4. Jim Sexton permalink
    March 28, 2007 7:10 pm

    Let us not be so silly as to confuse the interests of governments and doing the right thing. Governments will do the right thing if it is politically correct, pleases the majority of the people in power, and bring about the re-election of the current body in power.

    Christians are supposed to be reflections of Christ, and that causes a lot of trouble with people who are not ready to let go of themselves in order to take Him on in spirit and in deed.

    I like Nick’s comment, “Jesus was a master at making the complacent and ambitious feel uncomfortable. Let us go and do likewise.”

    Jimbo

  5. March 28, 2007 8:09 pm

    Great thoughts everyone. Thanks.

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