Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A book I am reading for school, it is rather good...

So I am reading this book for Missions and Evangelism...

Under the Overpass : A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America
By Mike Yankoski

It is about two guys who decide to go homeless (seriously!) for several months in several towns... They even stop off at live on the streets of Washington D[e]C[eit]... The reason why I picked it up now to read instead of later is because I want to do the same, but a month in Chicago...

Back to the book;

I pulled this from it so far; it is in regards to a man who goes by the moniker Sugar Man - He sells 25 cent pop to the homeless for 1 dollar, this quote is pulled after he shared with the two guys that he is a Christian and then he takes a hit of marijuana...

"What's your definition of a Christian? Is it broad enough to encompass the drug dealers, pimps, prostitutes, and broken people of the world? Jesus said that he came to heal the sick. Drug addicts are messed up just the same as liars are messed up, just the same all humans are messed up. We all need Jesus. We all struggle with personal ways in which sin plays itself out in our lives.
What's worse? To not do dope or to not love your brother? Why do we kick drug dealers out of the church while quietly ignoring those who aren't dealing with other, equally destructive sins? Why do we reject the loving, self-sacrificing, giving, encouraging, Jesus-pursuing drug addict but recruit the clean, self-interested, gossiping, loveless churchgoer?
Which one do you suppose Jesus would rather share a burrito with under a bridge?"
(Page 107)

I will leave it at that...
It's a lot to swallow, especially since it's true.

Going on by God's strength alone,