The Internet Monk has some thoughts on whether to give money to beggars. When street witnessing downtown, we run into this question several times a night; it also applies to those who don't preach on the streets but who have other occasion to be there. (Disclaimer: The Internet Monk has some big doctrinal problems; I think this article is good to get us thinking.)
Jesus' words are meant to underline the compassion and freedom of the Christian. Our generosity is an important expression of our discipleship. At times, we need to give with much less than perfect knowledge, and at times we need to obey the Spirit as he gives opportunity. But we are also to know the "streets and highways" where we are, and we are not to volunteer to be robbed as a witness. Aggressive panhandlers like Sundays, and they like Christians. We need to give them a dollar, a coupon and a brochure for the local "Help" office. We need to give to the truly needy a gift that will make a difference in their lives.
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