Arnold Abbott is 90 years old. Since 1990, he has helped prepare and serve hundreds of meals each week for homeless people in Fort Lauderdale. The city has passed a law banning charity, because it allows the homeless to avoid interacting with the government to get food. And we can’t have people NOT interacting with the government, right?
Abbott and two ministers from the Sanctuary Church were arrested on Tuesday for feeding the homeless. On Wednesday, they got out, went right back to it, and got arrested again. Damned recidivist! At least the cops waited until AFTER they had finished serving food before arresting the old man again.
Abbott believes if he does not continue his work homeless people will be forced to steal or dumpster dive. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler says that ridiculous. He told reporters, “Mr. Abbott has decided that he doesn’t think these individuals should have to have any interaction with government, that they should be fed in the parks. We disagree.”
Abbott is facing two $500 fines and up to four months in prison for his first two infractions, but he says he received calls from all over the world on Wednesday supporting him. My guess is, if they put him in jail, he’ll end up bringing the light of Christ into that dark place and they’ll be forced to let him go again.
Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” -Matthew 25:31-46