While I would not question the man’s intention, I would question his methods.
The weather here in Nashville this fall has been beautiful. Today found me in my old corvette, top down, with some Slim Harpo music playing. With the exception of my friend, Cohort, there is not a one of you who knows who Slim Harpo was.
As I pulled up to a stop light in Nashville there was a car on my left with his windows down, and to the left of his car was a homeless man. No description needed, you get the picture. As we came to a stop the homeless man approached the driver in the car to my left. “Would you have a little change for a fella to get something to eat?” The driver did not respond immediately. I watched as he then reached into his glove box and took out a small book that I recognized to be a pocket size New Testament Bible. He handed the book to the homeless man and I heard him say, “Here, read this book; it will help you get off the streets.” He didn’t say these words in an arrogant way, nor was his voice disrespectful. Yet, personally, I was dumbfounded. What can I say?
The light changed and I watched as the driver pulled away. Now, don’t misread me here, I think the book is a fine book, more than fine, and I certainly believe it should be read. But I think I would have chosen a different approach to the man’s question. If you are trying to feed one’s “soul,” you also might take a bit of interest in one’s “stomach” first.
I’m pretty much of the opinion that before we think we have answers, we might first ask questions. Once again.I would not question the gift, .just the method in giving.
October 23, 2010