Today we had a man stop by the church and demand we take care of him. His demeanor was intimidating and somewhat frightening. We tried to be gracious and tried to help him, but nothing we did seemed to be enough. He kept saying things like “you mean you call yourself a church and you’re not going to do this for me?”
Eventually we offered to provide him a hotel room for the night and a meal or two for the evening. Understandably, the hotel would not assign him a room because he had no personal identification at all. He called me from the hotel lobby to express more anger towards me because the hotel would not rent a room to him without identification. He refused my offer to take him to the men’s shelter. After trying to explain the circumstances to him again on the telephone, he spewed out another “you call yourself a church” and hung up the phone! Somehow he failed to thank me for the financial help I had already given him.
I wanted to be angry at him, but I felt sympathy for him. If it were not for God’s rich grace toward me, I could be in that same position. When you read this, say a little prayer for God’s blessings toward this man.