Monday, 4 August 2014
Church Insists on Pressing Charges After Homeless Man Eats $2.25 Worth of Cookies
After a homeless man dipped into the church’s cookie jar, First Baptist Church of Royal Palm Beach in Florida had him arrested–for his own good, church officials say. The unnamed man, seeking assistance from the church, entered the church through an unlocked door. Once he entered the building, he saw a cookie jar and helped himself to the cookies inside.
A cleaning person happened upon the man and called 911. After a church employee showed up, it was decided that the First Baptist Church would demonstrate Christian charity by having the homeless man locked up for the theft of the cookies, which are valued at $2.25.
Isaiah 58:7 may read ” Share your food with the hungry and open your homes to the homeless poor. Give clothes to those who have nothing to wear, and do not refuse to help your own relatives,” but, the church says that the decision to press charges had the homeless man’s best interests at heart.
Church officials decided that the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and, despite admissions that the church has contacts with rehabilitation programs that could have helped this person and claims that the church says it regularly feeds homeless people – First Baptist claims that having the man arrested “seemed reasonable.” However, the church admits that the situation could have been handled differently.
The Bible is full of commands that Christians feed the hungry. Apparently, church officials didn’t get the memo.
Link source: http://aattp.org/church-insists-on-pressing-charges-after-homeless-man-eats-2-25-worth-of-cookies/