“A prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself” – Proverbs 16:2
I had a couple of pretty bad experiences with homeless people over the last several weeks. My life was threatened by a rage filled homeless man and the last month overall the gospel message has been universally rejected at the homeless camps. The primary mission has always been to preach obedience to Jesus Commandments and repentance from sin…not being a money– food-clothing distributor. As you can imagine, every homeless person gladly takes the money-food-clothing when offered but refuse to accept Jesus’ life changing message. The drug use, public intoxication, stealing, screaming & yelling, and pure chaos of life in these homeless camps has ramped up. On top of that, the economic collapse of Colorado from the virus has placed incredible financial and emotional pressure on these impoverished precious souls. It was tough for these poor folks to get food, water, clothing, and money BEFORE the virus hit and now all of those things are much much harder to get. Sadly, on top of that their addiction problems have increased alongside the economic woes….I’ve never seen so much daytime drunkeness, drug intoxication. Everything has gotten worse, much worse in the last 30 days.
I perceive we have turned a chapter and that we are entering a time of intensifying evil all around us. People are angry, people want to fight and argue, people are massively addicted to drugs & alcohol, and crime, rage, and violence are exploding. As King Solomon stated above, if you see evil coming, retreat and hide awhile. And there’s definitely a LOT of evil going around right now. Because of the threats of violence and profound disinterest in Jesus at the homeless camps I’m now in a season of prayer now and have suspended homeless camp ministry for the foreseeable future.
In the story of the prodigal son, the youngest son lived a life that ended up in a filthy pig pen but the father and the older brother in the story never once left the ranch to go out into the world to find the younger son. The father and older son had responsibilities at the family ranch; they had servants and animals that needed to be dealt with along with other business and family responsibilities. There is great truth and wisdom in this parable for how we deal with homeless people. While we need to occasionally go searching the pig pens to find these precious prodigal homeless souls we can’t spend too much time around pig pens lest we get dirty ourselves. Jesus also warned us not to cast our pearls of wisdom before the pigs lest those pigs attack us. No human being should live in conditions like these homeless camps but, it is wise to simply let those souls alone if they choose to continue a life of unrepentant sin amongst the pigs in the pig pen. It is my belief that now is the time to intercede in prayer on behalf of these blinded deceived homeless souls rather than continuing to feed and clothe them. Ultimately, the pig pen of their lives is a powerful tool that Lord willing may bring these souls to a state of utter poverty where they run out of money for drugs, booze, and food….these homeless camps have heard the gospel message so perhaps as they continue to marinate in the awful conditions of these homeless camps, soon they will come to their senses and desire to come back to Jesus, repent from their sins, and be restored back into the family ranch of God?
Again, for now, homeless camp evangelism season is suspended and I am in a season of prayer. If you feel inclined, I’m attending prayer time 6am to 7am at the Apostolic Church of Littleton most days Monday thru Friday, please join me – dutch