Here’s a dilemma for my readers to vote on:
A homeless man comes to the door of the rectory at around 10:30PM. It’s literally freezing cold outside, and it’s too late for him to get into the homeless shelter for the night. He says he has been to the police and the fire department and they can’t or won’t help him. He says he doesn’t even have socks to wear under his shoes. He asks for help (money) to rent a cheap hotel room for the night. He asks for help in the name of Jesus. Yet, he is also known for not being entirely truthful (some would say he’s a con man). If you give once, he’ll probably come back for more and possibly take advantage of your kindness. What do you do? Vote and comment:
I probably made the wrong decision when faced with this situation tonight. I know some people would disagree with my choice of action, but others would say I did what was right. I think next time I’ll chose yet another avenue (not in the poll) to resolve the problem.
It’s a tough spot you’re in as a representative of the church and in many ways, as a representative of Jesus, the man who said, “Give up your coat” (Don’t judge me too harshly on my mangling of a Bible verse.)
You also have to consider your own safety and well-being. People will take advantage of kindness at times.
I don’t know what you chose to do, but don’t beat yourself up over it. As a representative of Jesus, treat yourself as he would treat you.