Saturday, March 20, 2010
One of my young friends wrote into the local newspaper addressing an issue surrounding a new homeless shelter being opened in Langley. She cited the fact that people complain a lot about the homeless and are quick to point fingers at them and call them scum but few look in their eyes and treat them like fellow human beings. She is right. She is passionate because one of her friends ended up on the streets doing unimaginable things to stay alive. It is a sad story but it has shaped the outlook of this young lady to try to make a difference for the voiceless people we call scum.
Her term reminded me of a visit I took to my cousins church called "scum of the earth" in Seattle. If you were to walk into their building you wouldn't know that it is a place a church meets but it isn't the building that makes it unique it is the people. This church is made of street people, college students and young families trying to live out Jesus' ways of uniting people of vast differences.
According to my cousin the people in the streets many times teach him more about Jesus than he feels he teaches them. It also makes the issue of shelter and feeding of the people on the streets more urgent as it is not just nameless faces but friends. He Has even eaten food rescued from dumpsters with them. And he mentioned how hard it is to watch people leave their Sunday night meal and discussion to sleep on the street outside.
In reaching out and treating these people as equals they have themselves become SCUM. A name they wear proudly. I see so much of who Jesus is in my cousin's eyes that I wish we lived in the same city. We could be scum together.
Langley Area Director
Greater Vancouver YFC / Youth Unlimited
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