Having worked with a great number of homeless Veterans, in both a professional and a volunteer capacity over the last two decades, I will let you in on a little known secret: Not all homeless Veterans want help (especially from the government). I spoke with hundreds of Vets who basically told me that the wars our government sent them to broke them- and they really don’t want anything more from it! Others told me that being homeless was their last bastion of freedom. They understood that they were not capable of entering the workforce, nor did they have any desire to. Also, many of these veterans associated getting help with a loss of individual freedom; they feared being forced to take medication and being reduced to a simple diagnosis or a number. Funny how a lot of vets felt reduced to being a serial number, or a mere “Government Issue”, during times of war.
In closing, I wish to speak to those who identify as a Christian…and by Christian I mean “follower of Jesus Christ”- as opposed to those who pray at the altar of Nationalism or use the phrase “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” on a daily basis. To the followers of Christ I would just ask that we take some time and consider the hurting, whether they be foreign or domestic, and try to see them through the eyes of Jesus Christ. The wonderful thing about Jesus is that HIS power and grace has no boarders! HE is also able to produce supernatural surplus where there are extreme deficits; and HIS perfect love is able to cast out all fear. Have you met HIM lately?
So what are your thoughts? And be brutally honest.