There has been a lot of news lately about the homelessness crisis in San Francisco.
Here are a few statistics about this crisis:
The most recent homelessness survey for San Francisco happened in January 2019, according to the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. The survey found that :
- There was a 17 percent increase since 2017 of people experiencing homelessness in the city, that is 8,035 people;
- The total number of unsheltered individuals was 5,180. Of the 2,855 people in shelters, 84 percent of them were in emergency shelter programs.
- The same agency found there to be a 15 percent overall increase in homelessness within the city, from 2013 to 2019.
- Persons with families that included minor children made up 8 percent of homeless residents. Five percent of the total population was under the age of 18.
- Young adults, 18-24, accounted for 14 percent of the total, while 81 percent were over the age of 25.
What does the Bible say about the homeless
I am sharing an excerpt of this article to show that heroes of our faith were homeless at one point in their life
In turn, He and His disciples preached the Gospel to the poor (Matthew 5:3, Matthew 11:5, Luke 4:18, Luke 6:20, Luke 7:22, and John 12:5) and gave generously to the destitute and needy (Matthew 26:9, Mark 14:5, and John 13:29).
What’s more, Jesus didn’t just ‘say’ the words of the Gospel: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV). He gave willingly.
So, it’s no wonder that Jesus promised eternal blessings for those who care for the homeless and destitute (Matthew 19:21, Matthew 25:31-40, Mark 10:21, Luke 11:41, Luke 12:33, Luke 14:13, Luke 18:22, and Luke 19:8).
Jesus also warned about eternal losses for those who spurn the needs of the poor (Matthew 25:41-46; see also Proverbs 19:17 and Proverbs 28:27). Later, Jesus’ half-brother, James, echoed a similar stern warning (James 2:1-9).
Paul experienced homelessness for many years while serving as an apostle (1 Corinthians 4:11).
There is no indication in Acts or his letters that Paul owned a house in Tarsus, Jerusalem, Antioch, or any other city for that matter. Like Jesus, Paul didn’t see the lack of assets, possessions, and wealth as a problem. Instead, he was passionate about giving financial aid to the truly poor and needy (Acts 24:17, Romans 15:26, 2 Corinthians 9:1-15, and Galatians 2:10).
King David was homeless for years while on the run from King Saul.
David lamented repeatedly, “I am poor and needy” (Psalm 40:17, Psalm 70:5, Psalm 86:1, and Psalm 109:22). Yet, in every psalm David penned during those trying times, he reaffirmed his faith in the Lord his God. What’s more, David penned many of the verses listed in points #6-#10 below.
Moses was homeless after fleeing Egypt.
Thanks to David Sanford for the article.