We have seen the signs many people carry, signs pulling at heart strings from every possible direction – “Homeless” “Veteran” “Injured” “Hungry” “Please help – God bless.” Some of these requests may reflect genuine need, but police officers and social welfare agents know that this is just a business for a good number of people, and that they are not truly destitute.
You know this, too, but how are we to judge a given case? What is the Christian's right response when asked for help in such circumstances? God's word shows that we should always be willing to give, but also that we should not give blindly. See our new article "The Savvy Samaritan" to understand Christian responsibility and the proper balance of care and caution.