Christians And Panhandlers

panhandlerA pastor friend of mine made the following post this morning on his Facebook page: “Here in Richmond we have panhandlers on just about every stop light. Yeah, times are tough, but why would you give your hard earned money to a guy holding a “Help Me” sign while smoking a cigarette and drinking Starbucks Coffee?”

My first reaction was that the post was quite harsh and more than slightly insensitive to the plight of those who beg or are homeless. It also got me to thinking, as Christians what should our response be to beggars and panhandlers?

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