The Hollywood Homeless

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I had never been to Hollywood Blvd. before, but I thought I knew what to expect on my first visit. Images from films, stories from friends and family–I knew that the streets were lined with stars with famous actors, musicians, and  directors. I knew about the “Chinese Theater” that has the handprints of celebrities in the cement out in front. To me, Hollywood Blvd. seems to be where the heart of LA lies. It is the attraction of this walk of fame that brings us to its streets filled with shops and movie theaters so grand they host Hollywood premiers.

But, what surprised me, as I was looking excitedly at the names of the various stars, were the people who lived on Hollywood Blvd: The Hollywood homeless.  There were numerous homeless people  on the very sidewalks that we use to honor the legacy of our film, television, and radio”stars.”

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Walking up and down Hollywood Blvd and seeing the names of the stars next to a homeless person on the street brought me to a place of humility.

Was I part of the problem? Why do I look to honor the “stars” anyway? Why should they receive more of my attention than any of the homeless–much less the store owners and workers, restaurant workers etc. on that very same street? As I continued down Hollywood’s walk of fame my eyes were drawn to  familiar actors, directors, and singers. But I also noticed the stars that were empty (waiting to have a name inscribed) and I couldn’t help but think that the homeless men and women living on that street deserved their name on the sidewalk. Perhaps, more so than the actors and actresses. After all, they are the ones that live on Hollywood Blvd. Why not honor each of them? Not with just a name in a star, but love, compassion, shelter, and understanding. With all the wealth in Hollywood, why wasn’t there an effective charity that impacts these streets?  

What do we mean by “star”? A star shines brightly in the night. It’s magnifying  light contrasts with dark night.  Stars are put on pedestals–they are considered to be higher than the “Average Joe “. But where do their talents for singing, acting, directing, come from?

Do they not come from God?

Shouldn’t the credit be given to Him?

So often the Maker of Man is left out of the equations. And what is God’s perspective on Hollywood’s walk of fame?

I’m not sure myself…however, I don’t think that we are to place one another above each other. The  Bible,  in contrast to making a name for ourselves, encourages unity by humility. Philippians 2:3 reads:

 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Romans tells us that” all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” ( Romans 3:23) Thus, no one is greater except the name of Jesus.

The homeless that live on Hollywood Blvd. are made in God’s image and are of equal value in God’s eyes to the ones we honor with their names in stars on the street. I hope that when we  visit the walk of fame that we would not  ignore those that need our help that live on those very streets. They need our help and support. Many of these people had dreams of stardom themselves.  Dreams that brought them to Hollywood only to leave them broken and empty-handed. Even though they didn’t succeed in Hollywood, they are of no less of importance in God’s eyes. Because in God’s eyes we are all the same.

In God’s eyes we are all the same. We were made in his image and we are all his children. 

Linking up with:  A Wise Woman Builds Her Home , Faith Filled Friday , Grace & Truth , The Weekend Brew , and Coffee for Your Heart.

12 thoughts on “The Hollywood Homeless

  1. Great post and it is very easy to just get used to it and forget that regardless of why they are on the streets they are still in need of God’s message of hope and love and God has not given up on them so neither should we. Oh, and Philipines 2:3 is one of my favorite verses, a memory verse – because I very much need to remember that!

    • Thank you for your comment. Philippians 2:3 is a great verse to bring unity through humility. Poverty affects so many that we all need to be apart of the solution. Thanks again 🙂

  2. Yes the homeless in general is very heart breaking. When I was in L. A. I got lost and turned down skid row which is where many homeless people live in L.A……So sad. When we see a homeless person on the street we make an attempt to give money in hope they will be able to get a hot meal. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Beautiful! I love how you brought an awareness to all about Hollywood’s homeless. God loves each of us equally and each one of us needs to share that love with others. It points out the extremes that we find in our culture. Blessed you shared this at The Weekend Brew.

  4. I’ve never been to L.A., but I’ve lived in or around Memphis, TN since 1988. Memphis has a fairly large homeless population itself, it’s heartbreaking. You’ll see them standing with signs that read “Will work for food” – even in the rain. It’s so hard to see.
    I think about Jesus telling the parable of the Good Samaritan as a demonstration of what we’re called to do to inherit eternal life. Luke 10:27 tells us “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Jesus clarifies the word “neighbor” when he tells the story of the Good Samaritan. Our neighbor is anyone we come into contact with that needs us or our help.
    Thank you so much for the awareness you bring to this human brokenness that society so sadly has become cold and callused to. May God bless them all.

    • Hi Jodee, I love the insight you bring to Luke 10:27. I agree that our “neighbor” is anyone we come into contact with. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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