Christians Criticized for Not Caring for Poor Now Threatened With Arrest for Feeding Homeless
American Family Association (AFA, AFA.net)
has a question for the Raleigh N.C. Police Department: Why would
you prohibit a Christian ministry from feeding the homeless?
Christians in Raleigh, N.C. have been told they will be arrested if
they don't stop their regular ministry of feeding homeless and needy people on
Without just cause or legal citation, Raleigh police threatened Love Wins
Ministries (LWM) for following Jesus' teachings to feed the poor and simply
handing food and coffee to hungry people near a city park.
According to Rev. Hugh Hollowell, the pastor and director of LWM, last
Saturday, sausage biscuits and coffee were to be distributed to people in need.
"On that morning three officers from the Raleigh Police Department
prevented us from doing our work, for the first time ever. An officer said,
quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested,"
the pastor said.
Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association stated, “First
Christians are accused of not having enough compassion; that we don’t care for
the poor. Now the Raleigh police are prohibiting the hungry and homeless
in their city from receiving food from Love Wins Ministries. It seems
that in this situation, nobody wins. We can’t figure out what these folks want
– do you want the Christian Church to step up and help, or do you want another
government program to handle the hunger problem?Raleigh's
mayor and city council need to make up their minds, step up to the plate and
support ministries like Love Wins Ministries who are reaching out to those who
need to be fed.”
The pastor wrote in
his blog that no representative from the Raleigh Police Department was
willing to tell them which ordinance they broke, or why, after six years and
countless friendly and cooperative encounters with the department, they are now
preventing LWM from feeding hungry people," "When I asked the officer
why, he said that he was not going to debate me. 'I am just telling you what
is. Now you pass out that food, you will go to jail.'"
Pastor Hugh's response, regardless of any law the city may have, is an
encouragement to other Christians. "Simple: We will feed people."
TheAmerican Family Associationhas
urged its entire 1.8 million member network to contact
Raleigh officialsand appeal to them to allow Christians in their
community to continue to feed the poor.
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