i'm a pastor's kid, and i grew up next-door to church for ten years. if word gets around that a church hands out freebies to anyone who asks, then people come out of the woodwork. in a place like where i grew up (rural kansas), it's not too much of a problem: there aren't too many desperately poor people, and the church members give a lot of money to the church. but, most churches in this country barely make ends meet. a lot of them are in the red. the reason my family moved out to kansas in the first place is that the church we were at went bankrupt.
however, whenever my dad would see a cyclist making his way across country, he'd offer a place to stay for a night or two (my dad used to do a lot of l-d cycling). no one is going to give you cash. they have you fill out a form so they know you're not hitting them up for food every three weeks. my advice, if you need to do laundry or desperately need food: hang out at church until someone shows up, and then ask that person if s/he knows someone who can help you.
[quote:fb27acced7]why not? its not a sin.. Jesus told them to help people and your getting what you need while making them feel good.... just say you dont even know that much but you have a personal relationship with God, it works... [/quote:fb27acced7]
using people by lying and faking a relationship with god is definitely not of the best moral character. jesus said to help people, yes. and people should help you out, whether you're a christian or not. frankly, people would probably be suspicious that you're lying anyway, and you'd be better off just telling the truth.