If you live in a bigger city, you doubtless encounter the homeless on a regular basis. Here’s how I interact with them at the gospel level:
- I never give them money.
- If they are hungry, I’m always willing to buy them something to eat.
- I usually sit down with them and pray with them over the meal, asking God to help them in their situation (i.e. help them find work, etc).
- I always share the gospel with them in this context.
- When I share the gospel, I talk to them about redemption primarily. This means that I frame sin in terms of slavery. Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” I have found this angle to be especially helpful, as many of the homeless are addicted to alcohol. Redemption, then, is a picture of God buying us out of sin at a great cost, namely the blood of Jesus Christ.