Sunday, October 4, 2009

IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE


What kind of difference do it make? Indeed, what difference do it make? When you read this book you will reevaluate the way you look at people, the way you think and hopefully the way you judge others. Ron Hall and Denver Moore both have the ability to write and tell stories in such a way that you will question a lot of your perceptions.


Denver having been homeless brings a perspective that we don’t often get. “Lotta times, people look at homeless folks the way they used to look at me: they’d kinda eyeball me up and down, and I could see them wheels turnin in their heads, wonderin, how’d that fella get that way?” See, that aint the question to be askin….Our business is to find out is there anything we can do to bring a change to their life.”


Ron is open about how he viewed the homeless when he first started going to the mission and how his views had changed. He said he began to ask two questions to the people who attended their events: “How many homeless are in this city?” and “How many churches are in this city?” The answer may not be a surprise, but it should be a wake up call, most of the time there are more churches than homeless.


"homelessness will never be solved by government. That's because government can put a roof over a man's head and food in his mouth and even give him a job. But government can neither love a man nor lovingly hold him accountable." I believe that as a church we have surrendered our responsibilities to the government because it’s easier and we have bought into the idea they can do it better.


Ron also wrote about his dad and how he found it easier to refuse to judge “bad sorts”, the strangers than it was those closest to us, our own flesh and blood. He said “to love a man enough to help him, you have to forfeit the warm, self-righteous glow that comes from judging.”


Not having read Same Kind of Different as Me first, I feel like I missed something. I’m now anxious to buy it and catch up on the story.

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