A church puts sprinklers that spray water periodically in its entry way to encourage homeless people seeking a safe place to sleep at night to relocate. Is this showing the love / charity spoken of in the bible?
I think they were trying to protect their parishioners from many of the problems that tend to come along with a lot of the homeless. Why not open your house to the homeless. It would be a great gesture not only to the homeless,but the church as well.
Ever notice who runs most soup kitchens.
Just off hand, no! 😎
Letting people endanger your parishioners and defecate on the property isn't what Christ had in mind when he said to care for the poor. Whether the church is doing that or not can't be judged from the info you've given.
I don't know what to think. I don't the the church was being horrible, though. They offer help, they just don't want drugs and neglect in the doorway. Beds aren't in the chapel. They'd be in an adjunct building.
"... the homeless were leaving trash, needles, and other nasty items in places where churchgoers walked ... The idea was not to remove those persons, but to encourage them to relocate to other areas of the cathedral."
Your question is misleading. Relocating to other areas *of the cathedral*, from your own link.
I'm surprised at you. I'm also surprised that no other commenter has picked up on that.
3. Could they relocate people in a manner more consistent with their beliefs and the bible. That helped craft my question.
I appreciate the feedback. I wasn't trying to mislead. I thought about it and wondered 3 things: why do people want to be in that doorway vs other spots. 2. If I sprayed people with water it would me misdemeanor assault.
1. I'm guessing it's the first place they come to and convenient. There might be a different reason, though. 2. It all depends on the circumstances. Maybe. 3. Here, you make a point. We really don't know what else they tried, but if that's the ...
... first attempt to move people, it's not very nice.
I believe you weren't trying to mislead people, but the verb 'relocate' is usually taken in a more general meaning. IMO, you should have said "move to a different part of the building."
Just my opinion.
That's why I use this app. Opinions... I like hearing them. Plus you didn't tell me to shut up or call me names. That in itself is very positive.😃
Of course not! That's not a very constructive or useful way to use the app.
It shows how so many churches are way off the mark.
No, I would say not.
No. But it's better than those godawful spikes.
That is a good point. Thanks for the perspective.
No, but I also don't think it's wrong or hypocritical for them to do so.
I do. They have the money for automatic sprinklers, then they have the money to spring for nightly security.
For the time the church is unoccupied, keeping homeless away helps keep litter and feces under control. Also, it doesn't make sense to allow anyone to freely use the building spaces without a representative of the building there to supervise.
Shouldn't they put that money into funding a shelter?
Automatic sprinklers are a lot cheaper than nightly security.
Matt - I see that for a business, but a church seems like it should operate differently than other businesses.
Churches already do operate differently than businesses. However, they have no obligation to allow the homeless to walk all over the building grounds when no one is at the church. It's a balance. Setting up a shelter would be a good option, but it...
... doesn't mean the church is being hypocritical or wrong.