The views expressed here are the author's own. Individuals and churches should have the right to take action when they see someone in need. Search popularity is shown in blue using the scale below. What's your perspective on issues like feeding the hungry, fighting abortion, helping the homeless, and working to end slave trafficking? We must advocate for human life and dignity at every turn; not doing so means we are unfaithful in preaching the whole counsel of God’s word. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. To the disabled. The Bible states that the poor will be with us always (Mark 14:7 Mark 14:7For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will you may do them good: but me you have not always.American King James Version×). 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. The Bible also teaches us that the human person is a unity of body and soul: “Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). It is a prima facie violation of the right to housing and violates a number of other human rights in addition to the right to life, including non-discrimination, health, water and sanitation, security of the person and freedom from cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment." Each member of the human family is equal rights because we are all children of … What about those among us who make "victims" out of the poor and homeless…who use political pressure to criminalize them… condemn them…impound their vehicles and meager possessions and leave them destitute on the sidewalks…who oppose and obstruct the attempts of private individuals and groups to provide them with food, clothes and services…who whip up local residents into a hysterical frenzy against them and try to get them run out of town or worse? He instructed them not to provide them with church aid unless they were willing to work to contribute. Galatians 3:28 - There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 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." HOMELESSNESS IN THE (CHRISTIAN) NEW TESTAMENT. The Bible is clear: it is expected that we will care for the poor and needy among us. Human Dignity Quotes "At stake is the dignity of the human person, whose defense and promotion have been entrusted to us by the Creator" Saint John Paul II, Solicitude Rei Socialis "For, by his Incarnation, he, the son of God, in a certain way united himself with each man" Vatican II Throughout the Bible are admonitions to care for the poor and to care for those who are in need. a. Discernment and wisdom is required, however, as it can be very easy for us to do more harm than good in our desire to help. 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? As we view both our God and our society, we have a responsibility: 1. The Bible recognizes that poverty, social injustice, and homelessness are real problems that constantly plague society (Mark 14:7). He used to call himself "The Son Of Man", and he is reported to have said : "…the foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but THE SON OF MAN HATH NOT WHERE TO LAY HIS HEAD." 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). 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. However, as Christians we know that all human beings bear the image of God (Gen. 1:26) and thus have indelible dignity. 4. John 13:16 ESV / 490 helpful votes. Where do Jesus and The New Testament of The Bible stand on the question of the poor and homeless? 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. I'm a believer, and I sincerely want to "serve my own generation by the will of God" (Acts 13:36). The Islam Texts Society puts forth the idea that human dignity is the basis of human rights. Dignity, by biblical definition, is tied to the biblical concept of glory. Current Advocacy Position The Catholic bishops believe decent, safe, and affordable housing is a human right. Each person is created in the image and likeness of God and therefore has a God-given dignity. A number of social programs in the United States and other countries have been developed that are designed to provide for those who are struggling. It directs us to have compassion and mercy on them, to give to them, to help them get something to eat, a toilet to use, someplace to clean up, some area where they can lay down overnight without being molested by the police or victimized by violent criminals or zealous community-vigilante groups, maybe some clean clothes, maybe some medical help, some counciling - and above all, some dignity and respect. RESPONSIBILITY a. Life is a gift from God. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. 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. "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. Paul is addressing the church in Thessalonica, where there were some who were idle and refused to work, instead choosing to be busybodies in other people’s affairs. [11] For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command you, saying, You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor, and to your needy, in your land. Starting with the book of Exodus in the Hebrew "Old Testament" (the first half of our modern Bible), we find God telling the Jews not to plant or harvest their fields, olive yards or grape vineyards every 7th year, but to just let the lands produce whatever residual crop they will on their own, and then to allow "THE POOR OF THY PEOPLE" to eat that crop. To the sick. (Mt.8:20). For instance, in the Old Testament book of Job, Job says : "…(because of God,) THE POOR HATH HOPE, AND INIQUITY STOPPETH HER MOUTH" [meaning that evil, itself,  has nothing left to say] (Job 5:16 ), "…THE CRY OF THE POOR COMETH UNTO HIM (to God), AND HE HEARETH THE CRY OF THE AFFLICTED" (Job 36:6). To the homeless. And therein lies the biggest difficulty with the homeless issue in America today. Let us reach out personally to the hungry and the homeless, to the poor and the powerless, and to the troubled and the vulnerable. Recently, we had the opportunity to interview Trevin Wax about his new book Rethink Your Self: The Power of Looking Up Before Looking In , which explores this very topic. Very few available jobs - especially for someone without a shower or an address. So, while the Venice - Mar-Vista PATCH site  is in no way a religious forum, it is likely that most of us who come here embrace the Bible, its God and its teachings to some degree. They are human beings who bear the image of God (just like you and I do) and should be treated with dignity and compassion. We recently witnessed a heated and lengthy debate in this forum between those who support the offering of food to the homeless and those oppose it. There are also those who take the money they do receive from others and use it to purchase drugs and alcohol to feed addictions, or attempt to medicate their mental illnesses. Even those of us who do not will readily acknowledge that the Bible is perhaps the most influential book in Western Civilization - informing our society's laws, customs, values, morals and ways of thinking. Human Dignity Bible Verses. Interact with the homeless by giving, and it will change your heart, too, not just during a specific time or season, but on any day of the year. As a matter of fact... JESUS IS THE MOST FAMOUS HOMELESS PERSON IN HISTORY. What is the Bible's perspective on such people? What about "transients" - the word that many of those who despise the homeless here in Venice use to describe the un-housed that they are so anxious to have us get rid of? Since life belongs to God, humans do not have absolute autonomy over their own lives but are stewards of the life given to them by God. But we are also admonished not to contribute to those that refuse to work. He would have been busted along with a couple of other homeless malefactors (who may have actually been criminals) and probably all three would have been made into public examples - to discourage other homeless from being in Venice. Latest U.S. coronavirus news: Death toll could hit 500K before March, Biden chief of staff says; variant could become dominant here. 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. Just as homeless as that scruffy guy rolled up in a sleeping bag in the alley next to the pizza place on Main Street at the edge of Venice. To continue to be the church we read about in the New Testament. As Christians, shouldn't we just concentrate on evangelism? Register for a user account. Additionally, every 50th year (that is, after seven cycles of seven years), was the Jubilee year when all outstanding debts were forgiven, and all properties returned to their original owners (Leviticus 25). Street between 9PM and 6AM - then later they would have trumped up some bogus accusation (such as "defecating in the rosebushes") and run him off of 3rd. Eventually Rosendahl would have caved in to them, and leaned hard enough on the police that they would have impounded Jesus's cloak - and later they would have gambled among themselves to see who got to keep it. Homelessness and human rights "Homelessness is a profound assault on dignity, social inclusion and the right to life. You could volunteer at your local soup kitchen, make a donation to the Union Gospel Mission or similar programs, or make up supply baskets to give to those who are truly in need. They are endowed with reason and Catholic teaching supports the right to private property, but recognizes that communities and the government have an obligation to ensure the housing needs of all are met, especially poor and vulnerable people and their families. In Leviticus 25:35 (King James Version of the Bible), God tells the people (and tells us) : "THOU SHALT RELIEVE HIM, YEA, THOUGH HE BE  A STRANGER, OR A SOJOURNER; THAT HE MAY LIVE WITH THEE". The lives of all humans, both their own and others’, are to be cherished and guarded. Proverbs 30:14 (Contemporary English Version - "C.E.V.") Christians have a duty to speak about and toward those experiencing homeless in ways that recognize this God-given value. That's right. But I also can't help wondering about some of the "social justice" and "human rights" issues … HOMELESS PEOPLE  IN THE (JEWISH) "OLD TESTAMENT". As Christians we absolutely need to care for those who are in need—the difficulty is determining who is truly needy. The ideas of human dignity and respect for all didn’t develop in a vacuum. A "sojourner" is defined as : "a temporary resident", in other words a "transient". Topical Bible Verses. 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. Jesus was 100% down the line with what God had said in the Old Testament about the oppression of poor and needy strangers and transients . ( Ecclesiastes 5:8). Thanks for taking the time to read and consider the ideas presented in this article. 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. This post was contributed by a community member. In fact, in Leviticus 19:33, God commands : "…IF A STRANGER SOJOURN [ meaning : "if he lives as a 'transient' "] IN YOUR LAND, YE SHALL NOT VEX HIM"  [alternate translation : "ye shall not oppress him"]. Our service efforts cannot substitute for…just public policies, but they can help us practice what we preach about human life and human dignity. Psalm 72:4 (C.E.V.) The Bible is equally clear about those who oppress, victimize and persecute the homeless and poor. (Gn 1:26-27) o The human person is made in the image and likeness of God. c. To the parentless or abandoned children. It becomes clear that it is also God’s intent that we do what we can to care for those who are poor and are in need. 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.". The great thing about "Freedom OF Religion" is that it is also "Freedom FROM Religion". American King James Version×). Of course, when God says "live with thee", He is not suggesting that you move the transient into your home (although many Old Testament Jews did just that), but merely that you not molest him, persecute him or try to run him out of town. 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). b. They are already victims of an economy gone bad, the last thing they need now is to be victims of hatred, fear, scorn and persecution on the part of the community. Privacy Policy  Terms of Use. If you desire to help, there are ways to become involved. 5. He taught from the Jewish Old Testament, nor did he deviate from its perceptions about God. God’s glory, His weightiness, His importance, His significance, is what the Bible uses to describe the fountainhead of all dignity. I don't know what YOU call it when you take some poor, un-housed  person's vehicle (with all his belongings in it) because he has broken some trumped up, nonsensical "law" by using it as shelter against the elements and to protect himself from predators while he sleeps (actions which harm NO ONE), but I call that "robbing" and "oppressing" him. The views expressed in this post are the author's own. Personally, I think it's time to "stop hating and start helping". Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. I am a creature—I come from the dust. Answer: Any honest study of the Bible must acknowledge that man, as God’s special creation, has been blessed with certain “human rights.” Any true student of the Bible will be stimulated toward ideals … The Bible admonishes us repeatedly to care for the poor among us. It is inherent. On the other end of that spectrum are those individuals who have chosen not to work, instead choosing to panhandle, or solicit funds from passers-by. Pastor Tony Evans speaks at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Texas on September 27, 2020. Question: "What does the Bible say about human rights?" I guess if Jesus  had walked the streets of Venice, the police - under pressure from the City Council - would have first told him that he couldn't sleep on the Boardwalk, but that he could sleep on 3rd. The next step is to enter your payment information. Here's the good news. speaks of people who : "…ARE SO GREEDY THAT THEY GOBBLE DOWN THE POOR AND HOMELESS.". Sorted by most helpful votes from the Topical Bible. While those opposed to feeding the homeless here in Venice have tried to convince us that it does not help, but merely "enables" them, God, in the Bible, does not seem to be aware of this. You get to decide for yourself what YOU are going to do about it. "The Law" and "The Prophets" are references to  parts of the Jewish "Old Testament" of the Bible (from which the above quotations are taken). Ultimately you are going to have to answer to a higher authority than your desk sergeant or shift commander. I, for one, wouldn't want to be around when the … Shelter beds and potential housing relief is available for MAYBE one out of five of them…the rest have no real way out for now. ", -- Isaiah 58:10 - Contemporary English Version of The Bible. Send inquiries regarding the operation of this Web site to webmaster@ucg.org. This is true whether their own parents forsake them (Psalm 27:10), they … 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). Are you curious where The God Of The Bible weighs in on this issue? The Bible is equally clear about those who oppress, victimize and persecute the homeless and poor. The Bible couldn't be any clearer on the subject. Jesus was homeless. 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. 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. The Bible tells us that God sees it all : "IF THOU SEEST THE OPPRESSION OF THE POOR, AND VIOLENT PERVERTING OF JUDGEMENT AND JUSTICE…MARVEL NOT AT THE MATTER: FOR HE THAT IS HIGHER THAN THE HIGHEST REGARDETH IT, AND THERE BE HIGHER THAN THEY." http://www.gallup.com/poll/148427/Say-Bible-Literally.aspx?utm_source=ta... 36th Annual Celebration of the Rev. Still, a 2011 Gallup poll discovered that, on average, 8 out of 10 people in America have some level of belief in the validity of the Bible and the existence of its God. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. When I feed the homeless, it warms my heart when they say, 'thank you,' or offer a little change to pay for their meal. In Leviticus 19:10 God further commands the Jews that they not "gather every grape of thy vineyard", but instead : "LEAVE (a portion of) THEM FOR THE POOR AND STRANGER". Psalm 109:16 talks in disturbing tones about : "HE THAT…PERSECUTED THE POOR AND NEEDY MAN, THAT HE MIGHT EVEN SLAY THE BROKEN IN HEART.". What does the Bible say about Human Dignity? They are in need of a helping hand to get themselves back up on their feet. 22:22). Consider Leviticus 19, and its admonition to love others, including the elderly, widowed and poor, thereby laying some … Mark Ryavec would have submitted a blog to PATCH railing about how Jesus was a dangerous violent criminal and the residents of Venice weren't going to allow him to threaten their safety and serenity...and his hand-picked political agitators would have burned up Bill Rosendahl's phone lines demanding that he protect Venice homeowners from this dangerous derelict. While it is understandable that local governments want to clean up the city, homeless people are not pests that should be removed. (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". Does this make God a member of what those who oppose aiding the  un-housed call "The Social Services Mafia"? 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. 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