Social Justice: Homeless Shelter Update

Posted: May 10, 2012 by jaultma2 in Announcements
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Hey everyone, I wanted to keep you up to date on some of the important social issues we discussed in last month’s Social Justice series.  The first item we talked about was the potential closing of the Chancey Road Christian Church homeless shelter.  Well, this past Tuesday the board of county commissioners met and by a vote of 3-2 ruled that the Shelter would not be granted a permanent conditional license to operate.  They then voted 3-2 to allow the shelter to continue operating for one year until they will be shut down permanently.

On the surface this sure does feel like a defeat as the goal was to get the conditional license and that goal was not reached.  However, since the date of the meeting there have been some positive signs.  First of all, according to the Zephyrhills Free Press,  an anonymous donor has stepped up and donated $250,000 toward the purchase of a new building for the shelter.   This is a potentially big win for the shelter as they may be able to continue operations if they move away from their current location.

However, questions remain as to what this means for the government’s role in the practice of our faith.  Essentially with this decision the board has said that a church cannot house the poor.  As we discussed in April this goes directly against a direct commandment from Christ to take in and care for the homeless given to us in Matthew 25.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

 

Let’s continue to pray for our friends at Chancey Road Christian Church as they continue to minister to the homeless and needy in our community.

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