Homelessness has become a major problem in the United States. The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates that a person must have a working wage of $18.79/hour in order to afford housing. In 2011 the official poverty rate was 15% which affected 46.2 million people. The poor are frequently unable to afford housing, food, childcare, health care and education. Since housing takes a large portion of their income, other necessities must be neglected. Fifty percent of the cities surveyed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors discovered that domestic violence was a primary cause of homelessness. They also stated that 16% of the single adult homeless population suffered from some form of severe and persistent mental illness.
HUD polled homeless people about what they most needed. “42% said help finding a job; 38% said finding housing; 30% said paying rent or utilities; 13% said training or medical care.”
Yes, homelessness is a huge problem. Abuse of the system by some in the homeless population is also a problem, which our news article for this lesson will reveal. But does abuse of the system relieve the Christian of his benevolent responsibility? When should you give? To whom should you give? How should you give? How often should you give? What should you give? These are all questions that we will hope to discuss as we look at this problem through the lens of God’s Word.
Lesson Objective: By the end of the lesson the students will see that there is no limit to the extent of Christian love.more clearly understand the problem of homelessness and the Christians biblical responsibility.