Monday, May 11, 2009

...and some weeks you start a brothel

We started a brothel last week. Unwittingly, of course. Shut it down quickly, of course. We're still learning. It's hard to know the line and where to draw it. What is real help? What is enabling? How do you know between the two?

Here's some thoughts...

We try not to endorse, sponsor, pay for, or assist in destructive behavior. In short, "We ain't buyin' your drugs." But... what about buying food, when we know you used your food money on drugs, isn't that the same as buying your drugs? Answer, "Yes."

"Do not be decieved, God is not mocked, for whatever you sow, that's what you're going to reap."

God has universal laws. Immutable. You can't change 'em. If you don't believe it, jump up. 100 times out of 100 you'll come down. Cause gravity is an immutable law of God. So is sowing and reaping. If you sow destructive behaviors, you reap destructive outcomes. And God intended for those outcomes to disciple you...

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Heb 12:11

Many times us "outreachers" prevent this redemptive process from happening. Maybe missing a meal will make someone prioritize food over drugs, or sitting in the dark cause you can't pay your light bill might help you prioritize using light bill money on bingo.

But let me tell you, the burden of mercy to those in need and knowing where the line is ain't easy. Like last week, we put two homeless single moms up for a couple days thinking we were helpin' and the motel manager called and...

...well, some weeks you start brothels.


2 - read/write comments:

Lee Rodgers said...

Now that is one for the books right there. Talk about taking advantage of Gods mercy.

Rio/Jane said...

Wow! That's quite a story.

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