I have a question. I am in a situation where there are often poor, homeless and disadvantaged people asking me for assistance- money, time, knocking on the door in the middle of the night, etc., etc. This is becoming very difficult.
Jesus says clearly "Give to anyone who asks". "If anyone would have you go one mile, go two."
I know the old familiar reasons for not helping people-
1) if you help them in the short term, you are not really helping them in the long term;
2) God also wants us to take care of ourselves.
3) that Jesus direction on charity are 'evangelical counsels' but not commands.
But these don't seem to wash against the reality of the situation, and the actual words of the Gospel. Is it the Christian thing to continue to give till you literally have nothing left? If we follow the Gospel, are we not bound to "give to everyone who asks"?
It is a difficult moral dilemna. Or perhaps the only dilemna is between the wisdom of this world, and the 'foolishness' of the Gospel.....