Friday, February 10, 2006

On Mean Cities

The National Coalition for the Homeless recently issued a report about American cities criminalizing homelessness. They rank cities around the country according to how harshly they treat the homeless.

Sarasota, Florida ranked as the meanest city in America in the way they treat the homeless. Lawrence, Kansas ranked second. Little Rock, Arkansas (last year's meanest city) is now America's third meanest city. Texas ranks as the meanest state in the union with four cities on the list -- Dallas ranked sixth, Houston seventh, San Antonio thirteenth, and Austin was fifteenth.

There are a lot of Baptists in all these cities. We need to start taking an interest in the homeless people in the cities in which we live. As the Apostle John wrote,

If any one has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3: 17-18

Click here for a link to the NCH's full report. Click here for narrative about the meanest cities. Click here for narrative about how the homeless are treated in cities in your area.

1 comment:

Greek Shadow said...

The problem is that most major cities right now are cash strapped. The Republicans have gutted the coffers with their tax cuts. Bush 41's thousand points of light is down to a hundred points and the number of homeless is growing not shrinking. Add the gang and drug problems cities face it's no wonder the best solution for a warm weather city is to try and drive the homeless away.