So this morning I read this headline:
Angela Suleman is months behind on payments for the home she shares with her daughter.
And the first thing I thought was, “they don’t deserve any special treatment just because they have lots of kids.” Then I immediately thought, “hopefully someone will help them I mean with all the media coverage they are getting someone is bound to help them.” Then I thought, “If someone helps them are they fueling the irresponsibility of this family?” Then finally after wrestling with a few more conflicting thoughts I came to this conclusion, Jesus would help them. Wouldn’t he?
Yes, maybe this family has some issues and maybe it’s “unfair” for them to receive special treatment. But really, what family doesn’t have “issues” and when has life ever been “fair”? I don’t know all the details surround this specific situation but I’m starting to understand that Jesus doesn’t care about the situation we’re in even if it is self induced. When did we, especially Christians start to deny people help for any reason. Jesus didn’t say, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, but only to those that prove to be worthy and you will have treasure in heaven.” (Mt 19:21)
Example: One man spends his whole life working hard, spending his money wisely and saving for the future. Another man works just enough to get by, squanders his money and saves nothing. Both men suddenly lose all the have and are sitting side by side, homeless on the side of the road. One day a rich entrepreneur comes along and sees both men sitting beside the road and has pity on them. He doesn’t know their stories and doesn’t care how they got there but he helps both men. He clothes them, gives them a place to stay, employees them, and asks for nothing except that they do the same for others.
I think this is how Jesus would want us to react as evident in scripture. (Mt 25: 34-40)
Of course there are people that will argue “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” (Proverbs 10:4). But I don’t think the following verse says, “…therefore don’t help the poor because they brought it on themselves.” Actually, the previous verse says, “The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.” (Prov 10:3) To my understanding that means, he’ll take care of it. Simply put our job is to give to the poor, not judge them.
In the words of Salt ‘N’ Pepa:
“So the moral of this story is: Who are you to judge?
There’s only one true judge, and that’s God
So chill, and let my Father do His job”