With brevity, The Soloist is about a beat down writer who encounters a down trodden homeless man with a serious talent to play the cello. In his attempts to keep his column fresh he chooses t help this man. What he learns is that medication and food and more stuff to make things better are not the remedy for this man’s problem, rather friendship is necessary.
For the average homeless person goes days upon end without talking to a single soul. For tepid waters have we basked in thinking that maybe more money and more materialism will save the oppressed. I am not saying that we shouldn’t give money or clothes or food but that is not going to solve the problem.
2 main thoughts are going through my head. One, The Gospel must be the apex of our solution. And I mean the non-self-help-be-a-better-person Gospel but the words in red, the words of Christ. For Jesus came to the earth to save, to restore the sick, to cause the blind to see, to raise the dead and for the poor(the homeless, those on the streets) to have to gospel preached to them. Jesus declared justice by showing us that in Him is the only way for salvation. The poor and down trodden need a serious power encounter with God. They need the power of God to deliver them from layers and layers of darkness.
Two, we need to listen and be friends to those who have no one to talk to. Our greatest weapon is not necessarily what we have to say, but what we don’t say in order to cause solace toward the speaker. And the speakers are the thousands that wander the streets without a friend, in fear of someone stealing from them, drugged out and strung out. We respond to these things in love and listening, the key.
I have more to say about this subject. I think along with a proper understanding of the fear of the Lord we also need to understand what God says about justice. And what it means for us to walk that out in this age. And ultimately looking with the ‘blessed hope’ to the day when vindication will come. When Jesus will physically set foot on His earth and with tenacious fire in His eyes He will make wrong things right. He will destroy all who stand in His way.