Because homeless people are often looked down upon as being lazy or worthless, there is often little public outcry when street people are beaten or murdered. In truth, many homeless persons suffer from mental illness. Others are bound by addiction. This much is certain—their lives matter. The homeless are important to God. They should be important to us, too.
What can we do to stop these senseless acts of brutality? If you have teenagers, talk to them about violence against the homeless. Parents, teachers, and youth leaders can and should lend their voices to the homeless. There is more. Please pray for the safety of those living on the streets. And do remember to support local shelters—particularly members of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. Please stand with those whose lives matter, too.