Living Church of God wants you to know that it is doing all it can to assist the homeless and those who have no hope. Just exactly what is it doing? Are members volunteering in local homeless shelters? Are they making hot meals for the homeless? Does LCG open its doors to its meeting halls in the winter to shelter the homeless and feed them? What about those without hope in their own town of Charlotte? Is the church contributing to international organizations that assist war refugees?
What do you think they are doing?
Here is what they are doing. As they are ensconced in their warm homes after a hearty meal, they are to think about those who are homeless, displaced and without hope. That apparently is a great comfort to those in need and alleviates LCG members from actually having to associate with a dirty urine-stained homeless person or to really provide comfort to a person who no longer has any hope in life.
When has Rod McNair ever washed a homeless person's feet or fed one of them a hot meal? When has Gerald Weston stooped down to care for a homeless veteran laying on the sidewalk? When have the students at the most incredible "university" in the world volunteered at a homeless shelter or worked a suicide prevention hot line? When has the elite ministry of the church ever gotten their hands dirty or their suits soiled?
Wiping away a tear as you watch some tragedy on the news as you "feel" concern is nothing like putting your feet to the pavement and doing beneficial deeds.
Oh wait, I forgot! God's going to fix it all in the end, so why waste resources on the homeless when it can be better used to publish the Tomorrow's World magazine. Most LCG ministers will totally miss the irony in that. God forbid if they might actually have to get off their pampered butts to bring a foretaste of that Kingdom to the world today.
Homeless and Hopeless: How many people long for a place to call home? How many people globally do have a place they call home? According to a new United Nations study, “One person [is] forced to flee their home every three seconds by war and violence” (The Guardian, June 19, 2017). This translates into over 65 million displaced persons in 2016! The study notes that the majority of these displaced people are refugees and half of them are children! If you have a peaceful place to call home, do you realize how blessed you are? Are you able to feel concern and compassion for the tens of millions who are on the move, living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions? Stable homes and families are two criteria that are used to identify the ever-elusive human state of peace. Peace is something that everyone seeks and few are able to truly attain. Government agencies and politicians strive for peace, but often little is achieved. The prophet Jeremiah warned that the time would come when the leaders of the world would claim “‘Peace, peace!’ when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14; 8:11, 15). However, Jesus Christ is going to return to this earth and usher in a true time of peace in the Kingdom of God (Isaiah 9:6-7). The God of the Bible states about this exciting future, “My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings [homes], and in quiet resting places” (Isaiah 32:18).