Steve Burger, a former director of the Assn. of Gospel Rescue Missions, says Americans should not hand out money to homeless people on the street, but to rather donate to local food or shelter agencies. Burger reportedly believes that giving handouts promotes destructive behavior among the homeless.
What do you think?
In this world, money is power, and that power can be used in either beneficial or self-destructive ways. Money gives us power to possess and do that which is good and necessary, like purchasing clothes and food and gasoline. But money also enables destructive behaviors like drinking and drug abuse, gambling, prostitution and excess in its many manifestations.
I have done, and would again give money to someone in need if I knew for a fact that they would use it for appropriate purposes. Very responsible people sometimes just hit hard times, and a bit of cash is exactly what they need to help themselves up and out.