How do we love the homeless or those who are persecuted?
In order to make this particular post, I decided to do some research and I went onto the Compassion website. Compassion is a charity that encourages Christians to sponsor a child whose family may be able to afford to send them to school. They then provide them with a good education and teach them about the Christian faith. I’d really encourage you to sponsor a child if you can, not only are you helping someone but it’s so lovely to receive their letters in the post and see how they’re getting on.
On their website, there were a few verses that really made me think about the importance of not only how we treat the homeless, but also how we see the homeless. Homeless people are just that – people. They are people without a home. I know it sounds obvious but there are times when it’s possible to just walk past them and act as if they don’t exist. It breaks my heart to say it but I’ve been guilty of this. Making excuses about being in a rush instead of going to buy them a warm drink or just saying hello. When you think about it, they see people every single day but they might not communicate with people for days on end.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. — Proverbs 31:8-9
This Bible verse shows us that we have a duty to defend the rights of those who are poor and needy. We can pray for them and ask God to help change their situations and allow them to come to a true understanding of who Christ is. But we also need to be intentional in acting – speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
It is also important that we pray for the persecuted Church. Another organisation that is good is Open Doors. They give updates on where persecution is taking place but also prayers that can be said to help persecuted Christians. There are so many fellow Christian brothers and sisters around the world who are being ill-treated simply because they believe Jesus is their Saviour.
A great chunk of our love towards these two groups of people is centred around prayer. On one hand, we can help when we see the homeless but then it is so hard to get to help those who are persecuted for their faith. We can hand the hardship they face over to God and allow Him to move in the situation and help them. Open Doors also have so many testimonies of how God has helped persecuted Christians and answered prayers.
Here are two links you may want to look at: