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North Carolina Church Caught Practicing Christianity. Neighbors Complain.

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: freedoms, religion, Christians, homelessness, poverty, bigotry, human rights )

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A church in Concord, NC, called Showers Of Blessings has become the target of complaints from its neighbors for following the teachings of the Bible.


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Roseann d (178)
Monday November 2, 2015, 1:25 pm
And I'll bet those uncompassionate neighbors still claim to be great Christians. In name only of course.

Steve D (13)
Monday November 2, 2015, 1:53 pm
This is endemic of our society, the "not in my backyard" issue.

Mitchell D (86)
Monday November 2, 2015, 2:44 pm
Yes, saw that on e-mail.
How inconvenient!
What a bunch of hypocrites!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday November 2, 2015, 3:06 pm

Kathleen Mireault (211)
Monday November 2, 2015, 3:59 pm
How sickening! Thanks for sharing, Joanne.

JL A (281)
Monday November 2, 2015, 8:11 pm
In this area, churches started doing this without remodels and that ran into some ordinances neighbors could use…solution? A bunch of churches with it being a nomadic shelter changing which church each night so no one location violates an ordinance–some have buses moving people between day and night places throughout the colder months….

Edith B (146)
Monday November 2, 2015, 8:12 pm
One Fly, I am sorry you feel such hatred for the south, not everyone in the south is like these people. These are the same people who probably go to church every Sunday and proclaim themselves to be Christians without ever understanding what that means. Those people are everywhere.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 2, 2015, 9:16 pm
Region is man's worst sin--it creates nothing but chaos on a daily basis. People just go mad. thanks

Lona G (67)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 8:00 am
Excellent post, Joanne. I read this article yesterday, but I couldn't get the video, just the sound of it, and I was wondering if color had anything to do with it in this NC Carolina community, which is apparently considerably more conservative than neighboring city Charlotte. The video you linked showed some white neighbors complaining about some made-up possible problem behavior like loitering and crime, behavior they had not noticed in the previous 18 months it operated. Apparently these nice neighbors had nothing to complain about when there were four homeless families being given shelter there. they weren't even aware they were there. So much for the loitering and the crime then.

These nice Christian neighbors left the impression with me that they were afraid that these homeless families wouldn't be white like they were, but I have to be honest, I can't substantiate that feeling. The video didn't show any of the homeless of course and it wasn't mentioned in the video either, so I'll leave it at thanking them for showing us what real Southern, Republican Christianity is all about.

Gene J (290)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 8:31 am
"CCM is holding (by today, has held, but I have no update yet) a community meeting in the church fellowship hall on Sunday to address neighbors' concerns."

It is apparent that this community does not hold with the teachings being provided in that church, nor have they thought through what they are implying. This is not a halfway house, it is not developmentally disabled people, it is not people with mental illnesses (not that it is okay to discriminate against ANY of those groups - this not in my neighborhood is completely contrary to the teachings of Christ) but simply people who are homeless through some misfortune. Nowhere is it said or implied that these are people who come pushing shopping carts with their stuff, just people who need a temporary helping hand. Which is the driving force behind Christianity. I think this is one my greatest frustrations these days, all these people who call themselves Christians yet oppose everything that Christ taught, who seem never to have read, let alone understood, the New Testament which is what Christianity is based on after all, the teachings of Christ. How can you call yourself a Christian without also loving His children? I simply will never understand that.

Joanne D (38)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 9:23 am
I am confused that some comments seem to assume the church is the Bad Guy in this story. You have it backwards, those of you who think that. In this story, the church is the Good Guy and the neighbors are the Bad Guy.

Je suis confuse que certains commentaires semblent supposer l'église est le méchant dans cette histoire. Vous avez en arrière, ceux d'entre vous qui pensent que. Dans cette histoire, l'église est le bon gars et les voisins sont le mechant. (Google translate; if it is really awful, forgive me, please.

Danuta W (1251)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 11:06 am

Sheila D (28)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 12:29 pm
OMG! Apparently, the good citizens of the neighborhood are not Christians. I applaud the church for actually acting on their Christian values. Shame on those neighbors who obviously don't have any.

Janet B (0)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 12:43 pm

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 12:44 pm
Maybe the neighbors could work something out with the church to hire a few homeless to do yardwork?

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 1:47 pm
I agree with Sheila's comment. Thanks Joanne

Richard S (0)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 2:29 pm
I know a lot of neighborhoods, where, if an individual who looked like Jeffery Collins was seen walking about, he would soon be face down and spread eagle on the ground, explaining to LE why he was in a neighborhood where he obviously "didn't belong"... I would also suggest that Lindsay Coronis and her uninformed bigotry are as dangerous to her children as any of the homeless will be.

Kate K (215)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 3:35 pm
I am no fan of religion but these people need to get over themselves. At least the church is trying t help people which is possibly more then the neighbors are doing

Patrick Donovan (344)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 4:39 pm
Well done to the people who ignored the parts of the bible stating the price to pay for slaves but learned the parts about taking care of those in need.

Freya H (358)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 6:14 pm
Mark Twain was spot on when he said, "If Jesus was live today the one thing he would not be is a Christian." I would not be surprised if you could fit all the people who call themselves Christians and actually live the way Jesus intended in one Buick.

. (0)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 6:46 pm
There is nothing in the article or video that states what religion any of the neighbors practice or whether they are atheist. Clearly this is just another opportunity for the clueless and ignorant to attack Christianity. The people who support this church and its mission to help the homeless are clearly practicing the values that Jesus preached, as many thousands of others do every day. The neighbors need to be informed and reassured that the church's mission is safe for the neighborhood so that they will have a chance to become supporters also.

Kathryn Mitchell (8)
Tuesday November 3, 2015, 9:25 pm

Kyle Ness (0)
Wednesday November 4, 2015, 3:58 am
I just want to go to those neighbors and stamp the words "Idiot" on their heads.

Julia Cabrera-Woscek (0)
Wednesday November 4, 2015, 4:50 am
OMG! What a looser neighborhood!

Nita L (125)
Wednesday November 4, 2015, 6:19 am
Maybe those two neighbors need to move since they don't appreciate this church doing exactly what churches are supposed to do. Thank you Joanne.

Janis K (126)
Wednesday November 4, 2015, 8:37 am
Thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 4, 2015, 8:56 am
More attacks on Christians.

You are right, Joanne Dixon!The church is not the bad guy!

Pamela Tracy (5)
Wednesday November 4, 2015, 2:08 pm
The church did not let these people and others know, because there are more likely other that would like to complain but do not, or will not. I am not necessarily for churches. I am sure the Catholic and a couple of other churches and intelligence had me stalked by criminals so I do not trust churches at all. And, like my husband and I said to each other years ago, we did not like the two faced people in churches......I was very naieve because my church I was raised in when young was better than churches today. Everyone was much nicer towards everyone, also.

Rhonda B (99)
Friday November 6, 2015, 2:56 pm
Thank you Joanne! Maybe those neighbors need to move. The church is not the bad guy.

FOTEINI chormpou (23)
Tuesday November 17, 2015, 3:44 pm
title is misleading. if you read the article well you will find out that neighbors complaint because of construction noise (weren't warned as they should be) and because they feel unsafe when all these homeless people moved to their neighborhood. Neighbors didn't complain about Christianity teachings in practice or methods.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 31, 2016, 7:18 am
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