Of course, I was supposedly born again, and the reason that the dogma has value to me is that I actually recall being changed nearly instantaneously. Perhaps there is another explanation for what actually happened to me.
Recollections are notoriously unreliable. I can clearly recall the first school I (supposedly) went to, though it was demolished when I was two. I have no recollection at all of the actual first school I went to.
"Born again" is a phrase that has been co-opted by (some) Christians but it's a pretty common concept: "I feel like a new man," "It changed my life," etc. Life-changing moments are a dime a dozen.
I was taught that though it is a one-time decision, it is a daily recommitment.
I think that attitude is part of the problem. Doing the right thing shouldn't be a "decision" or a "commitment". It should be a way of life.
You shouldn't have to "decide" not to hurt people. It should come naturally. And it does - but unfortunately some branches of Christianity emphasize "separateness" and try to train the innate goodness out of you.
I'm more inclined to help out a customer who is a buck or so short on their order so that they won't have to put any food back.
That way of helping is as valid as any other. You're lucky to have the opportunity.
Perhaps the homeless guys are different in your town...they certainly don't strike any chord of sympathy with me.
Maybe you haven't been close enough to homeless yourself.
Some of them we know even steal from our store.
I know for a fact that people have lied to me: One fellow asked me for bus fare and I didn't have any change; a minute later he got on a bus right in front of me and paid his fare. Maybe the customer that you help out is laughing all the way to his Cadillac too.
If they lie or steal, that's on them. If you refuse to help, if you feel no compassion, that's on you.