Q. How much help ( money, food, etc.) should we give to the panhandlers/ homeless/ the “will work for food” type people. We all know that most of these people are perfectly able to earn for themselves, but choose not to. What do the Scriptures say?
I think that we should always be open to the possibility that someone we encounter may actually be in genuine need.
Remember: Hebrews 13:2
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
We CLEARLY do not have ANY obligation to a “dead-beat” who is not willing to do anything to better his situation. Paul says:
2 Thess. 3:10
“For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.”
This is the “litmus” test I use. When given the opportunity to work for food or housing…..does the “prospect” hesitate….. or does he jump at the chance to do something for himself?