The Humiliation of Homelessness and Poverty
I shared this video last week on Facebook and Twitter, but I don’t think enough people have seen it. I hope it makes you think, because it definitely challenged me. This is the story of Ronald Davis:
Did you notice what gets him choked up more than anything? It’s not the struggles of finding food and shelter. What tears him down is how people treat him.
Hear his words:
“It’s really humiliating to be shaking a cup 24 hours a day, and people just look at you like you’re some kind of little bum.”
“I’m not a bum. I’m a human being.”
“I feel so bad that I can’t be going home. . . . I’m really trying to get myself together and get off the street.”
“You really lose all your humility when you’re shaking a cup, begging.”
“A lot of people look at you like you’re just a piece of crumb.”
“No matter what people think about me, I know I’m a human person.”
That’s what poverty is about. It classifies and separates. It elevates one group of people over others — elevating only some people’s physical, emotional, and social resources.
How many times have I looked at a homeless person, a beggar, a (gulp) bum — and thought, spoke, or acted in a condescending manner? Too many.
This video reminded me that when I look at those “less fortunate,” I must above all else see them as a human being, created in the image of God.
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
“And from one blood he made the whole world of humanity.” (Acts 17:26)
I’d love to hear from you in the comments: What did you think of this video?
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