Privacy Policy  Terms of Use. The Bible also asserts that life according to the desires of the flesh that don’t withstand respect for other human beings is loss of and abuse of human dignity. They are human beings who bear the image of God (just like you and I do) and should be treated with dignity and compassion. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. 5. From Mark Ryavec and his "Venice Stakeholders" - to Bill Rosendahl and Zev Yaraslofsky - to the Police tasked with making the lives of the homeless miserable - to the residents of this community who look the other way while these persecutions take place...the Bible makes clear that  : "…THE PEOPLE…HAVE USED OPPRESSION, AND EXERCISED ROBBERY, AND HAVE VEXED THE POOR AND NEEDY: YEA, THEY HAVE OPPRESSED THE STRANGER WRONGFULLY." Individuals and churches should have the right to take action when they see someone in need. While it is understandable that local governments want to clean up the city, homeless people are not pests that should be removed. 2. But we are also admonished not to contribute to those that refuse to work. It appears that HE thinks that providing food to the poor and homeless is a good idea. In America you have the right to reject all religious ideologies, just as you have the right to decide for yourself which - if any - religious ideas seem true to you. As Christians we absolutely need to care for those who are in need—the difficulty is determining who is truly needy. The Bible is equally clear about those who oppress, victimize and persecute the homeless and poor. Human Dignity Bible Verses. ( Ecclesiastes 5:8). He taught from the Jewish Old Testament, nor did he deviate from its perceptions about God. The Bible recognizes that poverty, social injustice, and homelessness are real problems that constantly plague society (Mark 14:7). (Psalm 10:2) : "THE WICKED, IN  THEIR  PRIDE, DOTH PERSECUTE THE POOR : LET THEM BE TAKEN IN THE DEVICES THEY HAVE IMAGINED" - Which means, "let the harm they have attempted to do to the poor fall upon them instead". I, for one, wouldn't want to be around when the lightning starts landing in the vicinity of those who have made a practice of abusing the poor and homeless just for their own personal political and financial gain. "He that is higher..." - that's God, folks. (Ezekiel 22:29). Adam became a living being by the breath of God (Gen. 2:7), and if God were to withdraw his breath from humans, they would perish (Job 34:14–15). OK, fun is fun, but there's really nothing funny about the plight of the unfortunate poor and homeless in L.A. (in general) and Venice Beach (in specific). Current Advocacy Position The Catholic bishops believe decent, safe, and affordable housing is a human right. In ancient Israel, God had a system in place where those who had a loss of economic opportunity could sign on to work with someone for a period of time, trading their labor for a roof over their head and meals. But what does the Bible have to say to Christians in the age of self help? http://www.gallup.com/poll/148427/Say-Bible-Literally.aspx?utm_source=ta... 36th Annual Celebration of the Rev. To the sick. (Dt.15:9), "...THE POOR SHALL NEVER CEASE OUT OF THE LAND: THEREFORE, I COMMAND THEE, SAYING, THOU SHALT OPEN THINE HAND WIDE …TO THE POOR, AND TO THE NEEDY…" (Dt.15:11). It makes them feel a little more human to be treated with dignity. And therein lies the biggest difficulty with the homeless issue in America today. HOMELESSNESS IN THE (CHRISTIAN) NEW TESTAMENT. As Christians, shouldn't we just concentrate on evangelism? Hounding them from one community to the other is no answer, neither is persecuting them or making them the object of hatred and fear among the housed community. And only God has eternal value and intrinsic (that is, in and of Himself) significance. The Islam Texts Society puts forth the idea that human dignity is the basis of human rights. It's a harsh, harsh existence and there's precious little relief on the horizon for these folks. If you desire to help, there are ways to become involved. There will always be those who, as a result of their own actions, or actions that are out of their control, find themselves in dire economic straits and wind up with an inability to provide for their basic necessities. Our service efforts cannot substitute for…just public policies, but they can help us practice what we preach about human life and human dignity. You can cancel anytime during the trial period. Human Nature: Body and Soul. Want to post on Patch? It appears from these examples in Scripture that it was not God’s intention that people find themselves indebted in such a way that they could never recover. Sorted by most helpful votes from the Topical Bible. Personally, I think it's time to "stop hating and start helping". Whether you are "a believer" or not, wouldn't you like to know what the Bible has to say about our treatment of homeless people, and how God views them? They are endowed with reason and “For now, let us simply observe that the assault on human dignity is one of the prime goals of the visitation of fear, a prelude to the domination of the mind and the triumph of power” As for all the false statements and false accusations made by "the haters" against the poor and un-housed, consider Proverbs 21:13 : If there are any "Venice's Finest" reading this, please permit me to say something to you : Most of us who live here in Venice appreciate the risks you take and the job you do for this community, and I know that you are under authority, that you have to do what you are told to do - but when you are impounding a homeless person's vehicle because he broke a "law" that says he's not allowed to shelter himself or sleep in it, and when you are preventing it from being released to him until it has rung up such exorbitant storage charges that it must be abandoned by its impoverished owner (with all of his worldly possessions still inside it because he was prevented from  retrieving them),  bear in mind that in the Bible, God has said : "ROB NOT THE POOR… NEITHER OPPRESS THE AFFLICTED…" (Proverbs. The views expressed in this post are the author's own. doesn't pull any punches, commanding : "LET THE KING DEFEND THE POOR, RESCUE THE HOMELESS, AND CRUSH EVERYONE WHO HURTS THEM", " RESCUE THE WEAK AND HOMELESS FROM THE POWERFUL HANDS OF HEARTLESS PEOPLE", "…LORD, I KNOW THAT YOU DEFEND THE HOMELESS AND SEE THAT THE POOR ARE GIVEN JUSTICE.". Jesus was homeless. "Give food to the hungry and care for the homeless. Specifically, we conducted a thematic content analysis of interviews with 24 homeless men and women to identify their perception of specific environmental events that validate and invalidate dignity. This conviction is grounded in our view of the human person and the responsibility of society to protect the life and dignity of every person by providing the conditions where human life and human dignity are not undermined, but enhanced. Jesus had no home throughout the time of his ministry. I, for one, wouldn't want to be around when the … (Gn 1:26-27) o The human person is made in the image and likeness of God. Does this make God a member of what those who oppose aiding the  un-housed call "The Social Services Mafia"? Topical Bible Verses. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. However, the apostle Paul explained another aspect we must consider: “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat" (2 Thessalonians 3:10 2 Thessalonians 3:10For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.American King James Version×, King James Version). Here's the good news. In ancient Israel, God had a system in place where those who had a loss of economic opportunity could sign on to work with someone for a period of time, trading their labor for a roof over their head and meals. In serving them, we serve Christ. Additionally, there were land Sabbaths built into the national system, and during those land Sabbaths while the land was not sown or worked, what grew naturally was to be gleaned by the poor, as it wasn’t harvested. Proverbs 30:14 (Contemporary English Version - "C.E.V.") Remember Dt.15:11 above? "Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world" "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. In some cases, those social programs are not enough and additional assistance is necessary. The Bible couldn't be any clearer on the subject. Let us reach out personally to the hungry and the homeless, to the poor and the powerless, and to the troubled and the vulnerable. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) WORDS OF GOD AND JESUS IN RED. The Bible makes any number of statements showing that God takes a PERSONAL interest in how the poor and homeless are treated. 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