Palm Beach County in Florida has no shelter for the homeless, so Westgate Tabernacle Church, saying, "The purpose of the church is to help people who are hurting," began offering free meals and shelter for the homeless. Eventually the need became so great the church erected a large tent on their property in which men 55 years and younger sleep. Older men and all women sleep inside the church (in separate quarters, of course).
County officials, however, have taken a grim view of this situation and may end up fining the church $1,000 a day because their land is not "zoned" for such mission work, and they say sleeping in the tent is unsafe. The church has offered to erect their tent on any land the county provides, but the county will hear none of that.
What do you think? Is the church right to engage in this "civil disobedience" or should they bow to the authorities and find some other way to help the homeless?
Read the story first.
SIGNS YOU MAY NOT BE READING YOUR BIBLE ENOUGH
You open it and have to blow the dust off the pages before you can read it.
You think Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was a hit song from the 70s.
You open to one of the Gospels and a World War II Savings Bond falls out.
You think the Old Testament exploits of Hercules were awesome.
A small family of woodchucks has taken up residence in the Psalms.
You get frustrated because you can't find *any* mention of Charlton Heston.
You fall for it each time the Pastor asks the congregation to turn to the Book of Second Opinions.
The kids have started asking too many questions about your bedtime story, "Jonah the Shepherd Boy and His Ark of Many Colors."
[selected from Mikey's Funnies]
WORDS for YOUR WEEK: "In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy." (Karl Reiland)
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