A question of faith
This week’s question: As religious person I want to help my fellow man whenever I can, but I don't know how to react to when panhandlers approach me for money. Some of these people appear to be dangerous and possibly on drugs. What's a Christian to do?
Barbara is Assistant principal of Hurst Middle school in New Sarpy and a bible study teacher at the Bible Center Church in Luling.
It's always difficult to see someone in need and not know how to help.
It's even worse when you find yourself thinking the thoughts of a skeptic, "If I give this person money, will they buy drugs or alcohol?" I have to depend on the Holy Spirit to help me discern whether or not to give. If I can offer them food or gas, I will.
Most of the time, I channel my money through known charities and church.
Cyntrell is Co-Pastor of Changing A Generation Ministries Full Gospel Baptist Church located on 14271 Hwy 90, Boutte.
My initial response to this question would be, "Be led by the spirit of God."
Sometimes I feel led to give to, and other times not. A great portion of Jesus' earthly ministry was spent ministering to the poor. Now some would argue that these people are not poor, but are begging to fulfill a drug or alcohol need. If that is the case, that's when we have to discern.
I know the bible speaks against judging one another, but the bible also says you will know them by their fruit.
Some may even use the scripture which says, "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares", to say that God will send an angel to test you, to see if you will give. Personally, I think God would dispatch his angles for a greater need than that.
Remember, man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. If approached, and you don't feel led, just shake your head no and say, "I'm sorry." If you do feel led to give, give, and also give them the Word. You will not lose your reward.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald Guide is the complete local news in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.
Get your local news, sports and information from the Parish's award winning paper.
St. Charles Herald Guide has what you need.
St. Charles Parish plans to go out for construction bids next month on the first...
The Hahnville Tigers finished with 12 points at the LHSAA State Track and Field...
The Pickets are hallowed ground in the Houma trout-fishing world. If you fish out...
Most graduating seniors do not come close to scoring a 27 on the ACT test, but...
In the still darkness of the morning, three crabbers in a pickup truck arrived at...
The Port of South Louisiana will soon see a change in leadership after Joel T....
Majoria's Supermarket in Boutte has a butcher shop, large liquor, beer and wine department and deli. The fresh vegetable fruit and handmade sandwich trays are traditional fare at family gatherings.
Chaisson out as port director, Aucoin named successor - 588 views
Joel T. Chaisson Sr.’s eight-year tenure as executive director of the Port of South Louisiana will officially come to an end on July 14.