So I sit with the dilemmas we all face.
Jesus said: “Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.” Matthew 5:42
The City newspapers report that the answer is to: Give to and through the NGOs, don't give on the street.
Yet Chuck Colson wrote, “True servants are merciful. They care. They get involved. They offer more than pious words.”
In Mozambique there is an orphan child sponsorship programme called, “STOP for the ONE” run by Heidi Baker from Iris Ministries. With her husband, Heidi ministers in Mozambique, and is reportedly often late for events because she does just that; she is late because she stops for the one who asks or needs, whoever asks or needs.
This phrase has stuck with me. Stop for the one.
I was discussing this with my daughter, and talking about doing how the NGO’s and city want us to act toward the poor and needy, as opposed to encountering the beggar. My daughter said to me that Stop for the One "Sounds more like Jesus to me”, echoing Colson’s words and Baker’s actions.
On Sunday am before church the thought came to me. ‘Who am I listening to? Jesus or the newspapers, the world's advice?”
Jesus said: “..., the love of many will grow cold.” Matthew 24:12
Lord, help me to love. Amen.