Illinois megachurch Pastor James MacDonald recently disguised himself as a bearded homeless man and camped outside of two Harvest Bible Chapel campuses before Sunday services to see how congregants would react.
MacDonald, the founder of the seven-campus Chicagoland area congregation whose “Walk in the Word” radio and television programs are seen by millions worldwide, posted the video of the experiment on his Facebook page Monday.
As Christ calls on his followers to help the “least of these” in society, MacDonald wanted to put Harvest Bible Chapel congregations to the test to see how well they are living out the biblical commands to not only love God but also “love your neighbor as yourself.”
The video starts off showing MacDonald dressed in layers with a fake beard and long gray fake hair as he rolls a shopping cart down the street toward one of the Harvest campuses.
MacDonald then takes a seat right in front of the building, putting out a cup for change and a sign.
Churchgoers in the video couldn’t help but notice the hairy homeless man sitting with his legs crossed by the entrance as they walked by him to enter the church.
The beginning scenes of the video show congregants walking right past the homeless MacDonald without offering much in the way of help.
Another scene shows the homeless MacDonald sitting outside of another Harvest Bible Chapel campus as churchgoers walk by him to get to their Sunday services.
“The closer a person is to us and the less common the struggle, the easier it is to love,” MacDonald says in the video. “God forbid I find out my wife has three months to live, I would quit my job and quit everything, right? What if it’s just an acquaintance of yours and what if the problem is recurring. … How common is homelessness? How frequently is the homeless person someone dear to us personally? Never.”
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Source: Christian Post