What would Jesus do? In Florida, a hungry and homeless man was jailed after church officials insisted the man be charged for stealing a few cookies valued at $2.25.
The Palm Beach Post reports:
A homeless man stole cookies from a church in the 10700 block of Okeechobee Boulevard. A deputy found him sitting by the building’s entrance. He said he had been looking for assistance, pulled on a door and it opened. He helped himself to the cookies, but a cleaning person saw him and called 911. A church employee arrived at the scene and said the church would press charges. The man was arrested and taken to the county jail. The value of the cookies was $2.25.
Reports on Reddit, and a Google search of the church address listed in the Palm Beach Post report, indicates the church pressing charges against the hungry and homeless man for stealing cookies is the First Baptist Church of Royal Palm Beach.The cost to taxpayers for processing the cookie thief through the criminal justice system will probably be in the thousands of dollars, all for a few cookies to feed a hungry, homeless and desperate individual.
Funny, most Christians claim to be commanded by God to take care of the poor and needy. Indeed, most Christians claim helping the poor is one the major responsibilities of Christians and the church. In fact, the Bible is full of instructions telling Christians their duty is to feed the hungry. Apparently the church officials pressing charges against the hungry and homeless cookie thief never got the memo on Christian charity.