Been thinking for a while about the growing challenge of panhandling in a progressively cashless society. Twice, I've seen someone panhandling at a highway exit, gone to an ATM to get cash, and returned to give the person money (Twice. I see panhandlers at exits most warm and many cold days of the year). Now also thinking about the difference in how panhandlers are perceived vs. Kickstarter and GoFundMe or even Kiva users (I don't at all mean to knock those great services). I think about panhandlers holding signs like "THIS CORNER IS MY KICKSTARTER" (someone must be!) or "HOMELESS & HUNGRY FOR ANYTHING...POTATO SALAD IF THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT." I'm tempted to do an art project about this (and how it relates to information literacy and the digital divide). If I don't, someone else will, because daily issues very often take art projects to be seen. And I don't want to do an art project about this, because that fact makes me queasy and suspicious of art projects, especially across class lines. 

How interesting (unsurprising?) that we're more moved to generosity when we can't see a person, outside of a photo on a website. That seeing your suffering (or even just asking) in my physical space might make me less likely to want to help you. That if you would just wait until I get home in 15 minutes and see a photo of you online asking for bus fare, you might get my money.


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Is it a sin to murder babies? Most would say yes unless that baby has not been born. Many, including some politicians, conclude that partial birth abortion is wrong with the exceptions of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother.

If a baby is conceived due to rape or incest why would you punish the innocent baby by imposing a death sentence? Why not punish those guilty of rape and incest? In what way is murdering a partially delivered baby making the mother more healthy? Abortions are more dangerous to a woman's health than having a baby.

The Supreme Court ruled that abortion is legal. Does that mean killing unborn babies is not a sin? If the Supreme Court ruled that stealing is legal, would that mean stealing is no longer a sin? Of course not.

Luke 18:20 You know the commandments, 'DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT STEAL......(NASB)

The Supreme Court can rule on man-made laws, however, God commands cannot be changed. Sin is still sin.

Do you believe that on Judgement Day a good defense for sin will be, the Supreme Court authorized abortion, the law says adultery is legal, or according to men, being a drunkard in your own home is lawful?

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