Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Temple Square Homeless

The last thing I would ever expect to find is a homeless person on the sidewalks just outside the gates of Temple Square. Or if there was a beggar, you would not expect them to be there very long.

According to scripture, which the Mormons profess to believe, if you reject a beggar, you are rejecting Christ. Oops! Yesterday I watched as dozens of Mormons walked right past a beggar who has been on that location begging for a long time. I would say for at least a year I have driven by Temple Square and seen this particular person.

Mormons walk past not giving her anything. I am sure some give her pocket change. But really, they are willing to give 10% to Jesus' church, but nothing to Jesus himself. I guess they justify it by rationalizing that they give to the fast offering fund. The problem with that is that the church decides who they will help. My opinion is that the Bishops Storehouse appears to be a charity but it really is PR, a tax write off, and missionary effort.

So I watch as this person holds a sign reading: "HOMELESS. Please Help." I watch as droves of Mormons ignore her as they walk past on their way to the temple. I see dozens of hypocrites who profess to love Jesus so much but then flat out reject him when they are put to the test.

Matt. 25: 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

There even used to be a sign posted right there, which must have been removed because... it's gone! The sign, posted by the church, said something to the effect of: "Please do not give any money to beggars." Wow. No wonder they took it down. Someone must have called them on their hypocrisy.

I would expect to see someone needing help and the good, Christ fearing Mormons would take that person in and help them get back on their feet. There should be no homeless on the sidewalks of Temple Square; not because they need to leave, but because the true church and it's believers would take them in and help them out.

But the church posts signs and the members walk past without even giving the beggar a glance. Something is terribly wrong with this picture.

James 2:15-16

15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Just another evil apostate...

***UPDATE***

Due to a comment from Lisbun, stating in part, "you do not indicate yourself, whether or not you give to the "poor". ", I will respond by telling a parable.

There was an old, scruffy looking man. This man was very kind but because he stank and had an unattractive outward appearance, no one wanted to be around him. This man lived in a neighborhood densely populated by Mormons.

Just a few houses up the street, lived another man. This man was clean cut and shaven. This man used to be Mormon and no longer believed anything about the church. He was an apostate.

When the scruffy old man went to the local bishop and asked for help moving, the ward refused to help him. The evil apostate, living just a few houses away was the only person who ultimately helped his neighbor move. The apostate gave many, many hours of selfless service to his scruffy neighbor as good, faithful Mormons stood by watching. There was one other person who helped a little. This person was Catholic.

Who was this man's neighbor? The faithful Mormons who wouldn't lift a finger, or the evil apostate who was the only one who would help?

This is a true story and the evil apostate in this story is me. It's pretty sad when an evil apostate and a Catholic have to set the example for all the righteous Mormons.

2 comments:

Lisbun said...

You have very naive and twisted views of the church's perspective. But since you do not fully see both sides of the story, your own hypocrisy is not evident in your blog as you do not indicate yourself, whether or not you give to the "poor".
I'm sorry to see the loss of great people to simple sins. Testimonies do not grow from doubt, but the effort put into really knowing its true.
Love and Peace to you.

Just another evil apostate... said...

"You have very naive and twisted views of the church's perspective."

Oh really? Please enlighten me. I guess being a member for the first 30 years of my life doesn't mean anything?

"But since you do not fully see both sides of the story,".

Again, having been an official member ever since I was 8 years old and a strong believer, I think I see perfectly well both sides of the story.

"your own hypocrisy is not evident in your blog as you do not indicate yourself, whether or not you give to the "poor"."

Matt. 6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

"I'm sorry to see the loss of great people to simple sins."

Where, anywhere in my blog did I say I left because of a sin? I left because I discovered the lies, falsehoods, and plain out evidence that everything they claim is false.

"Testimonies do not grow from doubt, but the effort put into really knowing its true."

I'm not really sure what you mean by this, but I did put in effort. I put the tithing promise to the test and I got NOTHING. Believe me, I put in the effort. I fulfilled callings, went on a mission, married in the temple, everything.

I've always asked the question, why do you have to put "effort" into believing something, especially if that something claims to be the absolute truth? Shouldn't the truth be blaringly obvious and stand on it's own? Why do I need to put effort into something that is soooo true? I finally realized that I don't. Truth should stand on it's own, and if it doesn't stand, then it isn't true. It's very simple.

If you'd like to engage me further, you are welcome. Just try not to jump to so many conclusions about me. If you knew me in person, you would see that I am very friendly and kind and I am very willing to help anyone in need, if I have the ability and/or resources to do so.