Thought for today: Jesus did not require photo id and proof of income before feeding the poor.
Now there’s those who object, “but they didn’t have photo ID and income tax forms back then!” But it did not matter. Jesus did not even ask, when the crowd gathered to hear them, whether they could afford to buy loaves and fishes. He simply fed them.
And then there are those who object, “but if you don’t require photo ID and income verification, everybody would show up and there would not be enough food!” But there IS enough food. We throw away so much food here in America that we could feed everybody in America just on the food we throw away.
Still, charities don’t get much of that food. So what do those who continue His work do today? Is it a problem for them? Well, let’s go take a look at Martha’s Kitchen, a Christian charity devoted to feeding the poor. What do they do?
Well: They feed anybody who shows up. They ask no questions if you don’t drop money into the donation jar — or if you do. They simply feed people as they believe Jesus would do. Because they are a Christian ministry continuing the work of Christ in a spirit of charity, they believe that the vast majority of humanity is inherently good and will donate if they can.
It seems to work for them. But of course not everybody gets the memo. What about trust fund kids who dress down and show up? What do they do about those kids?
Well: They feed them. As long as the kids are treating everybody else with respect and are not pointing and laughing at the homeless, they are welcome. The people who view Martha’s Kitchen view it as more important to provide an example of Christian charity than to judge each and every person who comes through the door. Maybe the first time, the kids will snicker to themselves about how they’re putting one over on somebody. But the second time, or third time, they realize — who are they putting anything over? And they see the example of the volunteers, and of the many people who donate to keep the doors open. What was a lark suddenly is no longer a lark, but an opportunity for self questioning about how they look at life. Some even become volunteers themselves. Their need may not be food, but they have a need anyhow, otherwise they would not show up. To say that Jesus would not have fed them because they have money is to completely disregard the example of the fish and loaves — where the majority of the people gathered to hear Him did have money but were in need of something else entirely: enlightenment. Which He tried to give, despite the way that His message has been perverted over the years.
– Badtux the Religion Penguin