No room for a homeless shelter? Jesus, in telling of the final judgment, says this in Matthew 25:41-46:

“Then he (the king) will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

It isn’t an economic issue. What a tragedy to gain the world but to lose your soul.

It isn’t about safety. How many police calls have been made about criminal activity at our homeless shelter?

Rather, it a spiritual issue. Perhaps we need to consider where our home might be when we are dead and gone.

GARY BENESH,

Wilkesboro, N.C.

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