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They Just Wanted to Feed the Homeless. You Won’t Believe How Local Police Responded!

It’s a warm November day in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and 90-year-old Arnold Abbott is doing what he’s done for his entire adult life: loving other people by feeding the homeless. Except this time, he’s not getting thanks and “God bless you”s, he’s getting read his Miranda rights. Under a new city ordinance, it is illegal to publicly assist Fort Lauderdale’s homeless population. So the 90-year-old Abbott and two local pastors (Dwayne Black of The Sanctuary Church and Mark Sims of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church) face up to 2 months in jail plus $500 fines. All men profess to be answering Jesus’ call to love His sheep. God bless these men.

Update: On November 5th, Arnold Abbott was arrested a second time for continuing to feed the homeless. This man just can’t stop loving!

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.