Doing Something To Not Let Evil Triumph

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People got together at Music Fest 2019 & Relapse Prevention Walk to address ways to curb the insanity of the voluntary slavery of drug addiction.  

Besides the Christian music groups and speakers, some officials and others just regular folks, representatives from the Bensalem police, include the chief, participated in the event. Although I kidded someone who asked people on the relapse prevention walk why we were there by telling him I was just there to walk alongside my girlfriend because her doctor said I need to accompany her on walks, the walk represented people on a journey to help rescue those enslaved by addiction. 

It was a wonderful time, with brothers and sisters joining together to edify one another. Families came, and kids played. The dogs at the event also had a grand time, playing around and socializing, some of them being de facto therapy dogs! 

The music was uplifting, edifying, and as was the case with the rest of the event, offered hope. One musician of particular note was Santos, who performed Doo-Wop gospel, using the soothing, unique sound of the genre to further the gospel. During his performance, Walter Santos literally pointed to the cross on the top of the church in the near distance in front of the stage. 

One big hit was the mock teenager’s bedroom, where participants could get clued in on what to look for if their kids are messing with drugs, run by the Bensalem Police.  

The Bensalem Police Chief spoke about a new program where people who need help with their addiction can walk into the police station and quickly get the help they need. It used to take hours before someone could get help, but now the wait is down to 20-25 minutes!  And on the spot they can get connected to a place that can help them in their journey to sobriety.   https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/09/09/bensalem-police-announce-first-of-its-kind-initiative-in-pennsylvania-to-combat-opioid-epidemic/ 

Back in early 2018, I wished there were resources such as this when I helped someone who asked me for help to get clean. With no experience doing this, I used what I had. With much help from the church, she got clean in two months and was clean for more than three months. Although the journey led to sobriety, her past 30 years of drug abuse caught up with her. A time bomb went off the 4th of July, 2018, and God took her home. During her journey, she accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, and was radically transformed. After struggling with addiction for some 30 years, this was the only way she got clean.  The autopsy showed that she died clean. 

As one official said at the event, the government has a role in the war on drug abuse, but the most important thing is people who reach out and give their time and money to help others. 

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The Right Cross

The Cross and the Switchblade, a decades old movie, shows that ingrained hatred and cynicism can be overcome. Through Christian faith, people can be positively changed.  

The movie, starring a very young-looking Pat Boone as a country preacher from a small town in Pennsylvania, and Erick Estrada, a gang leader in Brooklyn, shows that through faith and perseverance, people can be turned around. People can be reached when Christians show others the love of God. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cross_and_the_Switchblade 

The movie is based on the biographical book by David Wilkerson (Pat Boone). The country preacher meets various gangs in Brooklyn and finds cynicism and hate. It took the preacher, who was in strange territory, much perseverance and trust in God to hang in there to help change the street worn thugs. He tells them that he and God love them and that God will change them into new, loving creatures. The old ways passed. 

To the gangs, there seemed to be no way out. They thought they couldn’t change the status quo. But, as the country preacher persevered, even Nicky (Erick Estrada), the most hateful, cynical gang leader, turned around and he started bringing others into the fold. Even the police, who were doubtful the gang activity would stop, discovered it did! Early on, during a street rally, after a police officer shewed David and his gang audience, a police sergeant was won over. He said he was glad there were guys like the preacher whom he believed would make a difference. 

The movie was well-paced; it held me and my girlfriend’s interest when we watched it recently, as we witnessed the drama of the hearts of gang members being won over unfolded.  

No matter how far you’ve fallen, and what bad things you’ve been doing, there is hope in the Cross, the right cross. Sometimes a right cross is what’s needed to wake us up! In gently admonishing the gangs, David didn’t pull any punches. He sacrificed for God and his fellow humans to help others. 

Other Christians helped the downtrodden. In the movie, caring Christians took in a drug addict, showed her love by taking care of her until she kicked the habit.

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” -Matthew 22:34-40 

This Saturday, the 7th Annual Conquering Grounds Music Fest & Relapse Prevention Walk will be held in Bensalem, PA. Like the gang members in The Cross and the Switchblade, there is hope for those who are suffering from sin, the voluntary slavery of drug addiction to come clean!  

Check it out! 

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Heal The Land!

As I’ve blasted in my blogs, the drug epidemic in this country is soaring out of control. In lower Bucks County, PA, for example, the statistics are astronomical, as reported by the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad: 

August 9 at 12:50 PM ·    

Updated Overdose Numbers are 163 Overdoses with 18 deaths. Since 2016 we have had a total of 786 overdoses and 72 deaths in our coverage area which is Levittown, Fairless Hills, Bristol Township, Tullytown, parts of Morrisville and Yardley. This continues to be an epidemic in our area. If you know someone that wants help please contact Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission Inc at 1-800-662-4357 (HELP) #overdoses #epidemic #ems #ems911 #gethelp #addiction #roadtorecovery #lfhrs    

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 All the King’s Horses and All The King’s Men are trying to figure out how to put broken people back together again. One initiative is Push Out The Pusher. The county has pulled out all the stops to bust these bandits who are solely to blame for the epidemic that’s been taking away our youth.  Our youth are victims, just as JJ (Jimmy Walker) was on an episode of the 70s comedy show Good Times. When the parents were away, JJ was in charge. He got busted for having a wild party, but he was a victim.  “Some people broke into our apartment and forced us to party with them!,” he exclaimed. 

Update: A year after the Push Out The Pusher program first allegedly struck fear in the hearts of drug pushers it busted and convicted the first pusher.  Elliot Ness was much more successful in busting the Speak Easies and Gangsters during prohibition, where the government fought the problem by going after the supply. Although Mr. Ness busted a lot of folks, prohibition did not resolve the problem. Push Out The Pusher won’t either.   http://levittownnow.com/2018/08/09/push-out-the-pusher-program-nets-first-conviction-reward-payout/ 

Seriously, the root of the heroine epidemic, like other social maladies, is that our culture pushed out God. 

When I was in elementary school, with Fred Flintstone in the Yabba Dabba Doo school district, the teachers prayed with students and read the Bible to the class. We didn’t have school shootings and other such problems in the schools. Now students don’t read and write so much as they riot, especially in the colleges.  After decades of pushing God out of the schools, now students, youth leaders and others are bringing God back in. 

A grass roots movement, See You At The Pole (SYATP) started in 1990 with ten students praying at their school. Now millions of students worldwide meet at the pole before school to pray. 

The youth leader at my former church first took her students to the pole at a public school in Burlington, New Jersey seven years ago.  This year students will meet at the pole on September 14, the same day the 7th Annual Music Fest 2019 and Relapse Prevention Walk will be held. Both are examples of bringing God’s power to heal our land. 

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 During the day, the youth leader said on her Facebook page in 2017, the students who prayed at the pole confidently answer people who ask “what were you doing outside by the flag pole?” 

Students who go to SYATP end up going to church and youth groups. Lives have been changed, people have grown in their relationship with Christ, and teachers, principals and school staff like what SYATP is doing at their school, the youth leader wrote. 

Since the 60s, we have been in a culture war. Bringing God back into the schools is a salvo fired in that war. Unlike some movements, this side in the war is not violent but it is about peaceably changing hearts and minds by bringing people to Jesus. 

The roots of the attack on our heritage, our Christian traditions go back to the French Revolution. The erosion of our culture started creeping in, progressing during the 20th century, but after a respite after WWII, the Storming of the Bastille occurred during the late 60s. https://wigtunes.wordpress.com/tag/francis-schaeffer/  

By the 70s, as a result of the influence of the counter culture, we started losing our civil liberties. Political correctness and other oppressive regimes crept into our culture.  Evangelist Francis Schaeffer wrote in the 70s that, as freedom degenerated into licentiousness, to keep order, either we will have a police state to control people from the outside, or we will establish a Reformed Christian consensus where people will control themselves from the inside. 

See You At The Pole is a step in this direction. We shall overcome! 

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 

The Best Bet To Stop The Insanity

Doo wop gospel artist Walter Santos asked a good question when he performed at the 4th annual March and Prayer Rally at Williamson Park in Morrisville, PA on Saturday, August 17. He asked why an event that addresses a major problem today – drug addiction – wasn’t better attended.                                                                                                                             

Besides the wonderfully edifying gospel doo wop, there were more than ½ dozen pastors and other speakers. There were also several tables that displayed resources that offered hope for those trapped in the voluntary slavery of addiction. The event may not have been better attended because some people are stuck in the mantra that the government is going to resolve all their problems. 

The hot weather may have been one reason more people didn’t show up, but if people are really serious about helping to rescue people out of their dark work, they would come out anyway. My girlfriend and I did. She did, by the way, get dizzy the next day as a result of staying out in the blazing sun part of the time. 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke 

People have been overdosing and dying as a result of drug addiction.  A recent Facebook page from the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad: 

August 9 at 12:50 PM ·   

Updated Overdose Numbers are 163 Overdoses with 18 deaths. Since 2016 we have had a total of 786 overdoses and 72 deaths in our coverage area which is Levittown, Fairless Hills, Bristol Township, Tullytown, parts of Morrisville and Yardley. This continues to be an epidemic in our area. If you know someone that wants help please contact Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission Inc at 1-800-662-4357 (HELP) #overdoses #epidemic #ems #ems911 #gethelp #addiction #roadtorecovery #lfhrs   

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 The faith community is making a difference by doing something. In Kensington, which officials call “ground zero” for the drug problem, the ministries of the church there is bearing fruit.  According to a report in The Philadelphia Inquirer, overdose deaths decreased 23% between 2017 and 2018 in Kensington. Some of this decrease may be a result of improved first aid from responders, but overdoses have increased in other areas, such as south Philadelphia neighborhoods. https://www.inquirer.com/health/philadelphia-map-zip-code-overdose-deaths-2018-20190725.html?fbclid=IwAR3x2pdK4UG5ebaKF2U-rNPe86P6tCKUaN4vAYjWER0aQLmACyHyLBBuAYg 

In Bensalem, PA, groups such as Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) is making a difference. CLPRM is a grass roots organization where caring people, who serve without pay, are there to help others overcome their life destroying problem.  

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In the greater Bucks County area, there are group meetings to help people with conquer addictions practically every day of the week. Many of the are modeled after “A First Century Christian Fellowship”, later known as the “Oxford Group”, which a minister created in 1921, fourteen years before Alcoholics Anonymous was formed. AA uses many of the Oxford Group’s ideas, but watered down the Christian aspect in their program.   

The philosophy of the Oxford Group: 

      • All people are sinners
      • All sinners can be changed
      • Confession is a prerequisite to change
      • The change can access God directly
      • Miracles are again possible 
    • The change must change others 

Learn more about CLPRM, which models the Oxford Group: 

http://www.clprm.org/ 

Look For The Mental Illness Label!

The term “mental illness” is a misnomer.  It has become part of the way we talk about people with problems. Some experts, however, don’t think this is an accurate term. They don’t think that people with mental problems should be labeled as being ill.  For them, “illness”, such as the flu, is caused by a virus. They ask what is the source that causes mental illness. 

Some “experts” think that addictions are a disease. In a sense, they are right. Some people may have genes that cause them to crave more of something, such as alcohol. But problems result from giving in to urges such as these, when people become a slave to it and let it rule their lives. Ultimately, addictions are a choice. 

“Mental illness” is a slogan perpetrated by secular psychologists. “Organic malfunctions affecting the brain that are caused by brain damage, tumors, gene inheritance, glandular or chemical disorders validly may be termed mental illnesses. But at the same time a vast number of other human problems have been classified as mental illnesses for which there is no evidence that they have been engendered by disease or illness at all,” wrote Biblical Counseling Movement founder Jay E Adams. 

In his book, Competent to Counsel, Dr. Adams criticizes contemporary psychiatryHe relates The Parable of the Tack: Someone is sitting on a tack, in painOne secular counselor, who subscribes to a method where the counselor just repeats what the patient says, tells the patient “I notice you are sitting on a tack”.  This is like a scene in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood Men in Tights, when Robin and Ah Chew (son of A Sneeze) get into a fight with King John’s men.  Robin asks Ah Chew to watch his back.  Ah Chew says, as the bad guys hit Robin in the back, “you just got hit in the back.”  

A Freudian counselor in the Tack parable mentions that the tack is near the patient’s private parts… 

The Christian counselor says “Get off of that tack! We’ll talk about finding ways of avoiding tacks in the future.”

A few years ago, I saw a Facebook post that read: 

“When I was younger, we didn’t have behavioral disorders. 

They called it ‘being a brat’. 

It was as simple as that.” 

When visiting an insane asylum with Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung, a guy whom Dr. Jung called an “intelligent layman” remarked that the people he observed in the asylum were just like everyday people, but their problems were greatly magnified.  Indeed, this is the case, and some of us with a greater degree of problems who have trouble handling everyday life, and may even engage in antisocial behavior just need a little extra help. As a formerly homeless guy told me, “we all have baggage.” It’s just a matter of kind and degree.  

When people go off the deep end, or we just suspect that they have “problems”, they get referred to mental health centers.  To help people, it’s important to know and understand them.  It’s important to develop relationships with people in order to help them. 

A few years back, I told a “professional” about someone I had teamed up with who had cancer and was homeless. He asked if she was set up for a mental health program.  This was based on scant information about this person. 

The mental health industry in Bucks County, Pa has been exploiting the lie that homelessness equals mental problems. They send mental health hustlers out to homeless camps and where the homeless are known to hang out, and offer them housing if they would climb aboard the disoriented express. One of the hustlers asked me when I was about to lose my house that he would help me with housing if I would be willing to go on disability and carry the label that I was so mentally messed up that I could no longer work. 

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Bi Polar, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other disorders are labels arbitrarily put on people by modern psychology. Maybe these psychobabble believers could combine them all and just put an “out of order” sign on people. 

These labels trap people into assigned behavior that they are sentenced to for life. They are a caste system, where once you are in a particular place in life you are stuck there. There is no room for change. By the modern psyche standard, if you sprain your leg, then you are stuck with a sprained leg the rest of your life. May as well tell someone who sprains a leg that he has sprained leg disorder. Likewise, giving homeless people the “mentally ill” label could trap them in homelessness. 

People with behavioral problems are not ill; they may have unresolved conflicts and just can’t deal with life. By calling these problems an illness, people won’t be able to resolve them with legal dope (medicine) or psychobabble.  

Learn more about how mental health hustlers use the false label that homelessness equals major mental problems to fund the mental health industry: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR3aZjxAIaNsBgqDuQOg1FdTQ3fqtanieKU4ZV_6POWqn5w8Gz80_C9Jn5Q 

Who Let The Homeless Out?

Looking out from in front of the Levittown public library towards New Falls Road in Levittown, PA, I see a building under construction, right next to the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad. In an earlier blog, I thought that this under construction building was the affordable housing project. 

Evidently, thinking the affordable housing project was under way was just an unfounded leap of pure optimism! I should know by now that any project to help people struggling would be met with resistance.  

Housing Visions, a non-profit, wants to build two, three-story apartment buildings on 2.7 acres of land owned by the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad that would start on the side of the squad building and wrap around behind it.  The site was chosen because it’s hard to find flat, undeveloped land in Levittown.  Affordable housing is greatly needed, as evidenced by the mushrooming homeless population in lower Bucks County, PA.  

The affordable housing proposal, as is typical when it comes to non-government housing in Bucks County, is meeting with much resistance.  Rules are obstructing going forward with the project. A politician complained that the affordable housing project would increase traffic in an already busy area. Well, WaWa, just down the street, was approved as was the current project right next door to the proposed housing site!  

http://levittownnow.com/2019/06/24/58-unit-affordable-housing-project-proposed-for-2-7-acre-levittown-property/ 

In 2017, Interfaith Housing, a non-profit, which creates affordable housing for poor people in the greater Levittown area, and is associated with Housing Visions, proposed buying the closed Maple Shade Elementary School in Bristol Township. Their plan was poo-pooed, just as was my proposal to a county commissioner to use public land to create a homeless camp/village.  

I wonder if the township is going to do the same thing with Maple Shade and other closed schools as they did to the historic Sunbury Farms off of Newportville Road. They demolished it! This historic building was structurally sound and just needed a little work to restore the place. People out of work could have easily restored the building, and could have even become guides if it could be turned into a museum.  

The root of the housing problem is the prejudice against the poor, the homeless.  The Bucks County elitists don’t want to entertain the idea that there are those who struggle. They can’t see from up high on their Ivory Towers. All they see is the surface glitter! 

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Houston We Have A Problem

Houston, we have a problem. From space, looking at the earth, we see a drug abuse problem. We can even see it from the moon!  

Signs outside the Levittown-Fairless Hills rescue squad show the extent of the problem in the greater Levittown, PA vicinity. From the squad’s Facebook page:  

Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad  

August 9 at 12:50 PM ·  

Updated Overdose Numbers are 163 Overdoses with 18 deaths. Since 2016 we have had a total of 786 overdoses and 72 deaths in our coverage area which is Levittown, Fairless Hills, Bristol Township, Tullytown, parts of Morrisville and Yardley. This continues to be an epidemic in our area. If you know someone that wants help please contact Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission Inc at 1-800-662-4357 (HELP) #overdoses #epidemic #ems #ems911 #gethelp #addiction #roadtorecovery #lfhrs  

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The drug abuse problem is everywhere and has become astronomical!

What do we do with the drunken sailor?  

That’s a relatively simple question. You put a drunken sailor in the brig until he gets sober! Resolving the drug abuse epidemic is not as simple. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men have been having trouble putting broken people back together again! Everyone knows there is a problem, but the question is what is the best way to deal with it?  

To help rescue people from their destructive behavior, the voluntary slavery of drug addiction, the faith community has been reaching out with events, regular meetings, and other resources. “The Faith Community and Addiction – What You Can Do” was the subject of Faith Summit II held at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA on October 13, 2018. There were testimonies from redeemed drug users and appeals from various speakers for the Christian community to reach out and welcome addicts into their fold to help them. A speaker related how he started a Bible-based group where addicts help one another then brought the program to a church.  

The initiatives in the faith community entail people helping one another, redeemed addicts helping those still struggling with the problem and others who have had other issues (as we all do to one degree or another) and want to help. I’ve been attending programs and events of one such organization, Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM), headquartered in Feasterville, PA.  

CLPRM is gearing up and conducting fundraising for the 7th annual Conquering Grounds Music Fest & Relapse Prevention on September 14. The event is being funded by private organizations where people just want to help people conquer the voluntary slavery of addiction and are doing it without pay.  

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The politicians and the government had their chance. It’s about time we the people decide the best way to help people conquer their voluntary slavery of addiction. Abusing drugs is a choice (why do you think they call it dope?). How to best help addicts should also be a choice. We need more accountability for anti-drug programs as well as for the addicts. If, as the modern mantra goes, which politicians like to spout, drug addiction is a disease, then they can’t help themselves. Well, we can help them help themselves!

Standing As Equals

In my last blog, where I referenced the book “Not Just A One Night Stand; Ministry With The Homeless”, I took issue with the authors writing that “alcoholism” is a disease.  It is not.  

A few pages later in the book, however, an anecdote where the homeless advocate brings some homeless friends to a swanky chamber of commerce luncheon illustrates that alcohol abuse is not a disease. The tickets for the homeless were paid for but there was a stipulation that these friends not show up drunk. And they came to the luncheon sober! Addiction is a choice! And one of the homeless guests got to speak to the audience!  And he clearly articulated what it is like to be homeless and what their needs are. 

Alcohol abuse can prevent people from accomplishing their goals. In Mel Brook’s “Silent Movie”, to keep small movie producer Mel Funn, who had a drinking problem, from buying their studio and producing his movie, big movie producer Engulf & Devour hired a beautiful woman to pretend to be in love with Funn and break his heart. She did, and he started going back to the bottle. In one scene, Mel sees a neon sign of a giant bottle of liquor in a store window. Lines from Handel’s “Messiah” sounds out “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords…”  Churches need to direct people away from idols such as alcohol, and towards God. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Movie

The book illustrates how some folks who want to help the homeless really don’t understand the homeless or homelessness. They go to classes on the homeless. I agree with the authors that the homeless can teach us, not just what homelessness is really about and about the homeless themselves, but they can teach us about life.   

I subscribe to the slogan coined by a group of homeless people “Don’t Talk About Us; Talk With Us”. We need, however, to use our best judgment to discern who is being straight with us and who is conning us. This is true outside the homeless community.  

What Not Just A One Night Stand rightly points out is that the homeless not only need food and shelter, but productive activities such as reading and work.  They also need to be fed spiritually. The homeless need to be accepted as equals and appreciated that they have value, made in the image of God, like the rest of us.  

In the greater Levittown, PA area, which is the focus of my book on homelessness, homeless people come to the library and read books, look for jobs, and do other productive activities. Some of them just come to fool around, though. The best we can do is give them the opportunity to improve themselves. As I point out in my book, two people in a similar situation handle their circumstances two different ways. Some move up, others don’t.  The homeless need a hand up, not just a hand out.  https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR3aZjxAIaNsBgqDuQOg1FdTQ3fqtanieKU4ZV_6POWqn5w8Gz80_C9Jn5Q 

Some of the guests who frequent the shared meals in Bucks County display their character when they put themselves first, display bad manners and try to hog the food.  Most of them are not homeless, but in the “needy” category of the meals for the homeless and needy. Yes, these meals are for the homeless and needy; not the homeless and greedy! 

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter- when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.” Isaiah 58: 6-8 

Stand With The Homeless

To break the cycle of rampant homelessness is a point well taken in “Not Just A One Night Stand; Ministry With The Homeless” by John Flowers and Karen Vannoy.   

The authors argue to not just give a temporary fix to those who are homeless, but to associate with the homeless and to help people overcome hurdles to a “normal” life. They argue well that the church can help people better than government programs, where they are not just a number. The churches spend time getting to know the homeless.  

This is an issue I discuss in my book “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless.” https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR3aZjxAIaNsBgqDuQOg1FdTQ3fqtanieKU4ZV_6POWqn5w8Gz80_C9Jn5Q 

Although the authors argue the point of affectively ministering to the homeless, they kowtow to the mainstream mantra on the issues of alcohol abuse and “mental illness.”   They accept, wrongly, the decree of The American Medical Association, which recognized that “alcoholism” is a disease. They write that shelters make their guests pass a breathalyzer test before gaining entry to the shelter, which I think is a good idea. The authors write “The only option for the one who is homeless and suffers from the disease of alcoholism is to sleep outdoors.”  They add “American Medical Association recognized that alcoholism is a disease; therefore, we are criminalizing the behavior of someone who suffers from this disease and does not have a home.”   

The homeless shelter in Bucks County, PA has become a revolving door for drunks and druggies. Guests get thrown out for drinking, but they come back in again. And again, in some cases. 

Flowers and Vannoy argue that one third of any homeless population also suffers from untreated mental illness. First of all, “mental illness” is a misnomer perpetrated by secular psychologists. “Organic malfunctions affecting the brain that are caused by brain damage, tumors, gene inheritance, glandular or chemical disorders validly may be termed mental illnesses. But at the same time a vast number of other human problems have been classified as mental illnesses for which there is no evidence that they have been engendered by disease or illness at all,” wrote Biblical Counseling Movement founder Jay E Adams.  In his seminal book, Competent To Counsel, Dr. Adams challenged churches’ practice palming off people with problems to secular psychiatry and psychology.  

https://www.allaboutworldview.org/christian-psychology-and-mental-illness-faq.htm 

In the homeless population in Bucks County, which I focus on in my book, from observation over a period of a few years, I’ve concluded that about ten percent of the homeless, and also those in need whom I’ve seen regularly at the shared meals for the homeless and those in need, are really whacked out, and display serious anti-social behavior. We are all flawed; it’s just a matter of degree.  The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung related a story about a visit to an insane asylum with an “intelligent layman” who remarked that the inmates there were just like the rest of us, only their problems were greatly magnified. 

Recently, I started drinking Polar brand tonic water. Jokingly, I say I’m drinking “bi-polar tonic water.” Bi-polar is psychobabble for being double minded.  Bi polar disorder is a spiritual problem and the way you are brought up fosters this problem: 

https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-teach-about-bipolar-disorder/ 

What those who are homeless need is for Christians to reach out, let them know that they have value as a human being and encouragement and a hand up to get them out of homelessness. 

Poison Control

I tell people I drink toxic water, when I drink tonic water. Of course, it’s a joke, but people willingly imbibe toxic substances, mostly which are a slow poison, such as cigarettes, and excessive narcotics, some of which have an added substance which enhances the toxins (fentanyl in heroine). Like heroine, the poison in cancer sticks is enhanced with additives.  

In a broken world, people engage in destructive behavior. To help save the lives of those who have engaged in the voluntary slavery of addiction, a public-private initiative in Bucks County, PA was created. The program starts in the early stages after someone survives an overdose and gives direction to the recovery process.  http://levittownnow.com/2019/07/22/program-works-to-save-overdose-victims-get-them-into-treatment/ 

One thing that impresses me about the initiative is that treatment places are held accountable. Success rates will be tracked. Awhile back, President Trump said that funds for drug treatment places will only go for programs that work.   

People who engage in the voluntary slavery cannot be helped if money is dumped willy-nilly into drug rehab programs. The proof is in the pudding, and money spend needs to produce good results.  I question the bill Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick supports, where there needs to be accountability before soaking the tax payer 25 billion dollars! http://levittownnow.com/2019/05/29/bill-introduced-by-congressman-would-create-25-billion-opioid-epidemic-response-fund/  One reason I question programs politicians push is that they label addiction a disease.  

The disease model of addiction only benefits professional and government agencies involved, and does not offer a solution to drug addiction. By calling addiction a disease, the addict cannot overcome the problem, and programs that subscribe to this philosophy just waste our money by throwing it down the rathole. 

I believe in a free market approach to the drug epidemic. As is the case where, under school choice, parents get to pick the school, citizens need to decide which program works best to help people conquer addiction.  A better choice for conquering addiction is a group such as Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM). It’s a good choice! http://www.clprm.org/ 

In participating in various CLPRM ministries since August, 2018, I have discovered the right way to fight the opioid crisis. I have heard testimony after testimony, talk after talk, got to know redeemed addicts through CLPRM. And there is a network where I learned of Christian events where I was enriched. The problem of addiction has the same root the rest of us with problems: sin.  Unlike the government initiatives, which call addiction a disease and claim it is not a moral failing, these programs really help people. The money the government wants to take from citizens leaves us with less money we could use to voluntarily fund programs that are much more effective in curbing the opioid crisis, which is really a symptom of a spiritually bankrupt society.   

We need a Biblical solution to the drug epidemic. 

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” -2 Timothy 3:16