35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’
For a secular, logical argument, rather than religious nonsense, here's my take.
Poor people on the streets are there for a reason. There are many options available to them. They are free to sit in a public library and use books and web resources to educate themselves to rejoin the workforce. There are halfway homes and homeless shelters that they can reach out to.
Yet, many of them choose to be beggars as it takes less effort and reaps more reward. Giving them money just validates their choice of inaction. This may sound cold and callous, but not all of life can be happy and joyful.
Well we certainly can't give them all for it seems that their numbers increase daily. However, I think it is our duty to help those who are less fortunate whether they are begging on the streets or otherwise. Personally, if I do not help at least some of them I carry a heavy conscience.
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