At a recent arts and tech festival in Austin, Texas, a New York advertising agency tested an idea that promised to give smart-phone users and area homeless persons something they both wanted. Those attending the festival were provided wireless Internet access for a small fee by homeless persons who were hired as mobile Internet hot spots. Homeless persons wearing customized t-shirts gave festival-goers log-in information for a particular hot spot and then collected $2 per connection.
The advertising agency used this project as an experiment that might be used to give employment to homeless persons in New York and other parts of the country. I am not sure how I feel about this experiment. Were these souls put on earth to be mobile hot spots? Is this the next step in dehumanizing those persons we prefer not to see at all? Even homeless persons do not agree on this project. One man said, “I wouldn’t do it because I can make 10 to 12 dollars an hour here panhandling.” Another man, who runs a shoeshine stand, feels differently. “I’d do it in a second. Out of every 20 people who sit down at my stand, at least six are on their iPhone or their BlackBerry or something trying to get Internet. I see it as a business opportunity. And you’re giving me a shirt, too? I have no problem with it.” (Read the full news story.)
As Jesus stood before Pilate, he was sure of the reason he was on earth. There was no doubt in his mind that he had a purpose and was living into it. Jesus knew that his purpose was to suffer and die so that he could defeat sin by rising from the dead. He was ready, even if no one understood at first. He did what needed to be done for us so that we could have an eternal home in heaven.
1. What do you think about the homeless hotspot program? Would you use the service? Would you be a hot spot to make money?
2. In John 18:37, Jesus says, “Whoever accepts the truth listens to my voice.” How do we listen to his voice? How can we tell if we “accept the truth”?
3. What is the purpose of your church? What is your purpose?