I Can Change The World?

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And I can change the world 

 I will be the sunlight in your universe 

 You would think my love was really something good 

 Baby if I could change the world”  -Eric Clapton Change The World 

As humans, we cannot, on our own, change the world. Late summer, after God took someone close to me home as a result of past drug abuse, I decided to join a cause to fight the drug abuse epidemic. Since then, I’ve tried to help people who are trapped by the voluntary slavery of drug addiction. I talked with them, but they didn’t follow through with the help I offered.   

People have told me “Jeff, you can’t change the world.”  That’s true. I get bummed out when I can’t help people change their destructive behavior.  I wish I could stop the insanity, which is reflected in the words of beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the beginning of Howl: “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,…”    

With the addicts I’ve interacted with, I was successful in that I did what I could to rightly minister to them. Anything else is God’s role, not mine.  One thing I learned in a 12 Steps program is that one cannot fix people. Life doesn’t work that way. 

Today as I continued to go through The Life Recovery Devotional, I was reminded, admonished that I cannot change the world. Ultimately, that’s God’s job. Christians are just an instrument of God, his ambassadors. The devotional is on Step One: “We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies and that our lives had become unmanageable.”    

Although we are not responsible for results, we must reach out and serve others, including drug addicts. I agree with Os Guiness, who said that Christian faith should not be “privately engaging but socially irrelevant.” This is why faith-based groups, such as Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) do what they do.  http://www.clprm.org/ 

The Life Recovery Bible, devotional and workbook doesn’t just address drug and alcohol problems. It also helps people overcome compulsive behaviors, other hurts, bad habits and hang ups, the root of which is sin. The Bible has a solution for any human problem that is not physiological.  

The much publicized opioid crisis is ultimately a spiritual epidemic, and the answer is found with God and His ambassadors. 

“15 Whatever is has already been, 

    and what will be has been before; 

    and God will call the past to account.

16 And I saw something else under the sun: 

In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
    in the place of justice—wickedness was there. 

17 I said to myself, 

“God will bring into judgment
    both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
    a time to judge every deed.” 

18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath[b]; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?” 

22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? 

Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness 

4 Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: 

I saw the tears of the oppressed—
    and they have no comforter;
power was on the side of their oppressors—
    and they have no comforter.
2 And I declared that the dead,
    who had already died,
are happier than the living,
    who are still alive.
3 But better than both
    is the one who has never been born,
who has not seen the evil
    that is done under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 3:15 – 4:3 

Talk Is Cheap!

“Loving Jesus and Serving The World”, reads a logo on The Levittown Church Of God van. Although we who come to the free shared homeless and needy meals appreciate being fed, some of us expressed outrage with the attitude of the host, namely the pastor, at the meal last night. 

We he opened, he bragged that the church itself provided the meal.  “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.” Matthew 6:2. 

“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2 

The host started taking up table cloths, chairs, and even tables not much past 6:30 p.m., as people were still eating. The meal is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Guests were not let in until 6:05. One of the guests asked if the meal was supposed to end at 6:30 p.m.   “Don’t you see, everyone is leaving”, the pastor snapped.  Shortly thereafter, as I sat, wiping my mouth with a napkin, the pastor, standing opposite me said something like “hope you had a good meal; we’re breaking it down…”.  As I finished wiping my mouth, he flipped the table, abruptly folding it up, almost dropping it on my lap!   

As we moseyed towards the door, some of the hosts subtly pushed us out, as if we were cattle!  Movin’ movin’ movin’. Keep them doggies movin’. Keep them doggies movin’, rawhide…  Move ‘em out! 

Except for graciously and generously offering the guests food, the hosts did not interact with their guests as they have in the past.  In the past, the pastor and other hosts have reached out to others. On one occasion long ago I talked with the pastor about a problem, which was later resolved. 

Christians should reflect Jesus. People are attracted to God through the way they treat others, by their love. “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”  2 Corinthians 5:20  

There always has and always will be those who, in the name of Christ, do not rightly reflect Him.  

Some of the churches that host the meals reach out to their guests to develop relationships and minister to them. Many of the hosts and their guests know one another on a first name basis.  These churches practice the philosophy that man does not live by bread alone, and offer guests spiritual as well as physical food. They are there for their friends who visit the meals, as are the guests who help each other. 

In “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless”, I elaborate on the value of the  shared meals as well as other aspects of homelessness in Bucks County, based on personal experience with the homeless here: 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR14Y8jAxc462oqzltCCdZGq4BCLQg-HW8VEoAdpkGjog9Q78PqGh6zTTIA 

Giving Hope To The Hopeless

To help pull people out of the slough of despair, the Christian community has been reaching out to those trapped in the voluntary slavery of addiction. A church in what law enforcement calls “ground zero” for opioid addiction – the Kensington section of Philadelphia, is helping to rescue addicts. Somewhat like Jonah in the Bible ministering to the wicked people in Nineveh. http://levittownnow.com/2019/02/20/congressman-fitzpatrick-chair-of-national-heroin-task-force-visits-ground-zero/ 

At the chapel in Kensington, broken people are given an opportunity to be redeemed and become productive members of society. On their way to redemption, they can become an intern, a good step along their journey to become whole. 

The chapel trains and brings missionaries into Kensington to do God’s work.   

At a Kensington park is a display that fosters hope to those caught in the besetting sin of drug addiction. 

Government officials came to Kensington to check out the scene.  I think that they and their constituents are at least tacitly starting to realize that the faith community is the key to resolving the drug abuse epidemic.  

In neighboring Bucks County, from which many of the customers come to Kensington to shop for drugs, organizations such as Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM), a faith-based outfit, has been ministering to the lost in the greater Philadelphia area since 2005.  It started as a prison ministry in 2004. CLPRM serves as a network for other resources.  In the greater Philadelphia area, there are meetings to help people with addictions practically every day of the week. http://www.clprm.org/ 

I got involved in CLPRM after someone very close to me passed on July 4, 2018.  Bible based programs and Christian influence gave her an opportunity to get clean, and she did after I was with her for two months. But on the 4th of July, after 30 years of drug abuse, a time bomb went off and God took her home. I saw the dark world of drugs through her eyes and now want to help bring addicts into the light.  

I’m finishing up a book about how the faith community helps rescue addicts, to be published sometime in the future. My late companion is the particular in the book, just as the Joad family is in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.  My prayer is that people will realize that Jesus and the Bible is the answer! 

A Word About All Birds

The quintessential Noble Savage, who for a couple long years has been savaging the homeless meals in Bucks County, PA, did not fly north to Doylestown from lower Bucks County as we thought. This comes after he announced his flight north at a homeless meal, during which many of us clapped in applause and gave him a standing ovation. He’s commonly referred to as “Birdman”.  

He even has a theme song, which some of us thought should be played on a big screen at the meal as he makes his entrance:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=The+Word+is+the+bird+trashmen+video&view=detail&mid=62E64BD08A680113988862E64BD08A6801139888&FORM=VIRE 

One theory as to why Birdman did not fly north is that he ate too much food from the homeless meals and couldn’t get off the ground to fly. I don’t buy this theory. Birdman is quite skinny, although he takes a large plunder of food home after the meals. Maybe he has an imaginary army of birds he’s feeding. Maybe Alfred Hitchcock’s birds.  I don’t know.  

Maybe Birdman stayed in lower Bucks County to compete for the award for Noble Savage of The Year. There are a few individuals who attend the meals who have been giving Birdman some stiff competition, such as Piglet and Morticia Addams. These competitors are certainly lesser examples of The Noble Savage, but their modus operandi is different. Piglet hustles her way to make sure she is first in line when there is a line, by hook or crook. Last night, like a bulldozer, she crashed through a woman’s walker that was sticking out between the rows of tables, not blocking people walking by but she did not leave enough room for Piglet’s cart she pulled as she worked her way back to find a table. Morticia collects different food and other items and sneaks them off, one by one, from the meal.  

I think it’s time for a woman to get the award for Noble Savage. The Bucks liberal establishment should intervene, and in fairness, pick a female winner, whether she earned it or not.  

The Noble Savage has not just appeared at the homeless meals. Some can be found at the public libraries in lower Bucks County. A little while ago in the library I’m writing from a guy using one of the library computers blasted “music” that spewed out of his earphones. He rocked back and forth and gyrated, banged on the table and himself and at one point started spewing out the gibberish he evidently was listening to. Finally, a librarian told him it was too loud and asked him to turn it down.  

This guy wasn’t the only savage at the library today. Kids were running around like savages and screaming, definitely not disciplined by parents or guardians. That was tolerated by library staff. Maybe the library system will hold a Noble Savage contest. 

We are in a cultural war. My side of the war has been making headway. We’re recovering after having become an Obama Nation. President Trump fired some direct hits in his State of The Union speech, echoing the hearts and minds of the people who want to return to our Christian and constitutional heritage. 

These examples of The Noble Savage in lower Bucks County reflect the cultural war: 

https://wigtunes.wordpress.com/tag/francis-schaeffer/ 

The Lone Ranger Rides Again!

Doing the right thing, knowing right from wrong, that there are absolutes was the culture of the 50s, foreign from today’s culture.

Recently, I saw a Lone Ranger Episode from 1953, entitled “The Godless Men”, where bad guys robbed the money from Pastor Randy that was for building a church in the town. Randy started fighting from the beginning. The bad guys made a deal with him that if he could beat up each of the bad guys, who were bigger than he was, they would let him keep the money. Randy knew how to box and beat each bad guy, but they didn’t honor the deal. Ricky, I’m shocked! But at some point, the Lone Ranger and Tonto (not that Army Ranger) got involved and they prevailed. The bad guys boss wanted to steal the money so the church wouldn’t be built so they can stifle free speech, as the pastor would convince the people not to patronize the gambling place and the dance hall. The good guys talked about the importance and right of free speech and freedom of religion. Bring back the Eisenhower 50s! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0635474/

Rewind to 1939. The Great Depression finally ended, and some people learned a lesson.  People learned to live within their means and how to be self reliant, not having to depend on the government for everything.

It took awhile to recover from the Great Depression.  There was a tug of war between the Christian conservative interests  and the progressives, and the former pulled the latter over the line.  Our nation’s worst was behind them and we were heading in the right (both politically and correct as opposed to politically correct) direction.  As a radio talk show says “the right is right.”

Black is black, that’s where the 50’s ink is at.

Gray is gray, that is the liberal way oh oh.

What did they do?  Because I don’t want my country to be blue.

Skillful people persuaded America the to go the right way.  Writers argued how free market capitalism fosters a healthy economy.  Churches, which during the Depression era failed to positively influence society, started spreading the truth about how to live right, and people listened.  As a result, the economy grew while crime shrank.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_modern_American_conservatism#1950s 

http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/twenty/tkeyinfo/trelww2.htm 

Back in the 1920s elitist kooks started influencing society,  but after WWII, people started to wise up and traditional values were restored to our nation, and we prospered.

Homelessness is the canary in the coal mine to indicate a healthy economy.  https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/canary_in_a_coal_mine

In Blue, progressive states, homelessness is very high because of a poor economy.  Conversely, in more conservative states the economy is good and there is little homelessness.  See my blog Fight Homelessness Don’t Vote For Progressives.

There are things homeless people can do to improve their lot.  They need to take personal responsibility.  One example is smoking, which is an epidemic among the homeless community.  It always amazed me how homeless people, who have few material resources, can find the money for cigarettes.

One poster on a homeless advocacy site wrote that one thing the homeless can do to help themselves is to stop wasting $300 a year or so on cigarettes when they could put that money to better use.  It’s a common practice in the homeless community I’m associated with that people sell their food stamps for money in order to buy cigarettes.  Towards the end of the month, they scramble for food. Their desire for tobacco seems to overshadow their need for food, at least until they run out of food.

This brings up another matter  — debiting people’s irresponsible actions.  Those hungry homeless people who squandered part of their food stamps try to bum food off of others (and they frantically go on a quest to bum cigarettes).  By debiting people’s foolish behavior, you are not helping them learn responsibility, let alone contributing to good health.

Progress was made towards equality.  Jackie Robinson could play in the major leagues.  The American Indians were able to self govern, freed from what amounted to internment camps.  And the Japanese Americans, who were put in internment camps without due process — without a shred of evidence that they were aiding and abetting the Empire of Japan, other than they were Japanese, were freed by the 50’s.

FDR must have thought that “due process” is something that happens when moisture forms on the grass on some mornings.

Ditto for the elites in Bucks County, PA in regard for the homeless, where the homeless used to be constructively kicked out of a public library and were shewed from the Veteran’s Memorial, just because they were homeless. This has changed somewhat, largely due to people exercising their right of free speech. Around the government complex where this library sits there are signs of totalitarianism, literally. Signs read “no trespassing…”  No trespassing is appropriate for private property, but we’re talking about public property. Bucks County officials think public property belongs to them. Wrong! It belongs to we the people; we just entrusted them to administrate our property. It’s not surprising that Bucks County elected a dictator like Shrillery-Killery Clinton! Fortunately the rest of the country didn’t drink the Kool-Aid!

How liberals exacerbate instead of resolve the homeless problem is addressed in “There Are Homeless in Bucks County: A Journey With The Homeless”, by Yours Truly. https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR14Y8jAxc462oqzltCCdZGq4BCLQg-HW8VEoAdpkGjog9Q78PqGh6zTTIA

Gimmee Some Smokes!

An incident today at a fast food place in Bristol, PA reminded me that addictions are ultimately a battle of the mind and reflect a world view. As I pulled into a parking space, a young guy, who seemed to come out of nowhere, slipped behind me, and went around my car and stood about ten feet from my driver’s door. As soon I exited the car, the guy asked if I had a cigarette. I told him no – that I don’t smoke. “Can you give me ten bucks for a pack of cigarettes?”, he unabashedly asked. “No,” I unequivocally said. “When I become an old as* see if I give you anything, the punk snarled, as he walked away. “You need to change your attitude,” I replied. His ignorance grew. “F*** you,” this intellectual spouted. 

https://youtu.be/NWm6PUGpfVU  

The Johnny Smoke anti-smoking PSA played on TV during the 60s has been upstaged by the Opioid Crisis. The old folk song asks “Where have all the flowers gone?” I ask, where have all the anti-smoking public service announcements gone? Except for ads selling stop smoking products, there is not much of a campaign to alert people about the dangers of smoking.  

Although the poison from legal cigarettes acts more slowly than that of illegal drugs, it is still a destructive force in society. In the early 70s, my physical education/health instructor in college told us he’d like to go down south and burn down all the tobacco fields. “Don’t tell your parents I’m really going to do this,”, he said and explained he was just trying to make a point about how dangerous smoking is to your health. Early December, 2017, I lost someone very dear to me as a result of smoking.  

Like illegal drugs, which have additives such as fentanyl and morphine, cigarettes also have toxic additives. The government evidently does not have a problem with cigarette additives, which make cancer sticks more addictive. Jesus said that the love of money is the root of evil. Allegedly to curb smoking, the government jacked up taxes on cigarettes. The tobacco industry, and its partner in crime the government, are no better than drug pushers, whom they say they want to push out. More tax money in the government coffers!  https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/index.htm  

Although not to the extent as the case with street drugs, cigarette smoking burns a hole through people’s pockets, including those who don’t have much money. In the homeless community in Bucks County, PA, some people would put smokes before food. Even housing! Talk about idolatry!   

And by incessantly declaring that drug addiction is a disease, the government and its cohorts keep their tax payer funded jobs and clinics in business. Everything in modern thinking today is a disorder – substance abuse disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (psychobabble for perfectionism) – ad infinitum, ad nauseam.   

I’ve met alcoholics and drug addicts who have overcome their addiction but cannot kick cigarettes!   

Like illegal drugs, cigarette smoking has become a god of this age. Johnny Smoke is an evangelist for the apostate church “Sister Nicotine and The Holy Smokes.” And of course, like liberal churches, which adds poison to scripture, the tobacco industry adds junk to tobacco.   

The first line in Allen Ginsburg’s Beat poem, Howl, in essence a huge run on sentence, captures this age: “I see the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness…” And they continue in madness. They must not realize that De Nile is not just a river in Egypt. Maybe we can bury people who die as a result of smoking in De Nile. Maybe the Egyptian government wouldn’t mind. 

That rabid, entitled punk who tried to hit me up for smokes was out of control. Talk about chasing vanities!  

The struggles and consequences of smoking among the homeless is part of my book on homelessness, which focuses on Bucks County, PA.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR0gPVr_CAM7L0hyxu92hll8KTsLWTUmr1nIEamgTnuc_Hi4yDafBYGcMqs 

Getting to Know You

Lately I’ve been watching the old Lone Ranger episodes in the morning. At the end of each episode, after The Lone Ranger and Tonto (not that Army ranger) save the day, someone asks “who is that masked man?”  The response: “Why, he’s the Lone Ranger”, says someone in the know. Today people don’t even bother to ask who the homeless are. The typical thinking is, he/she is a homeless person, spoken by someone not in the know. 

Until late winter/early spring 2014, I didn’t know who the homeless really are. But then I could honestly sing “getting to know you, getting to know all about you…” And I learned to like some of the homeless people I got to know.  Shortly before I became homeless myself, I got to know many of the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA.  

Who are the homeless?  The only difference between the homeless and the rest of the population is that they don’t have homes.  They are not akin to the Walking Dead.  We don’t see zombies walking aimlessly looking for people to eat when we enter homeless territory in the woods.  The members of the Bucks County establishment are the Morlocks and the people who vote them in are the walking brain dead. 

They are people like you and I who have had the misfortune of losing their homes, through job loss, fire (in an uninsured house) or for other reasons — in some cases a result of their own irresponsibility and sometimes as a result of a combination of causes beyond their control and irresponsibility. 

One organization that has the right approach, right attitude towards the homeless is the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission. Unfortunately, it’s thrift store in Penndel, PA, the same town whose name is part of the mental health charlatans, Penndel Mental Health Center, is closing. It’s closing so the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission can better serve other needy people.

Don’t talk about us; talk with us – slogan coined by homeless people from the organization Picture The Homeless.  Homelessness does not define your character, but is just the particular situation you are in. The common denominator is that, as Clarence “Frogman” Henry sang, they “ain’t got no home.”   

As you’ll see in the video, some homeless people want help for legitimate needs while others want money for things that the not only need, but may be harmful or immoral. This is why it’s best to give the homeless things like food or medical supplies, blankets and not money, unless you’re sure. I’ve given homeless folks I know money to buy a meal at fast food places when we were there and saw them purchase food. That’s OK in my book. 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=clarence+frogman+henry+aint+got+no+home+video&docid=608005915538293417&mid=EA51CB4DA3A1AFB7ECB1EA51CB4DA3A1AFB7ECB1&view=detail&FORM=VIRE 

The trick is, as a fellow volunteer at a food pantry told me when he knew I was hanging with the homeless, is to distinguish between who you can trust and who you can’t. I’ve learned to sort out the user-losers, who don’t want to help themselves, and the winners, who just want a hand up and who want to help themselves. I explore this in my book, based on my experience with the homeless in lower Bucks County and research. I also explore the prejudice against the homeless. 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR0gPVr_CAM7L0hyxu92hll8KTsLWTUmr1nIEamgTnuc_Hi4yDafBYGcMqs 

Today’s Truely Oppressed

In my last blog, I argued that some people, including some churches and Christians, don’t get it that today blacks and other so-called minorities now have equal rights. I reference my first-hand experience, using as an example from my Navy days in the early 70s, the fruit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s labor.  Some entities, mostly backed by the government, are on a witch hunt to quixotically go after those who threaten life and liberty of minorities. They continue to attack windmills.   Over time, different groups were discriminated against – the Irish, Italians, Germans…  Today it is the homeless. From personal experience over the past four and a half years hanging out with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA, I witnessed first-hand and through reliable sources the prejudice perpetrated against the homeless. It’s similar to Jim Crow and the black population, although, to my knowledge, no homeless people have been lynched. The liberal establishment’s modus operandi is a way to constructively destroy and keep out of sight and mind the homeless in Bucks.  I haven’t visited the Levittown public library as much as I have in years past. It seems that, as was the case with the civil rights movement, we have overcome the past gross discrimination against the homeless in the library. Just as the song urges us not to be afraid of the reaper, the establishment no longer needs to be afraid of the blog.  https://youtu.be/lceVpWkhJ9w  A reliable source told me recently what I suspected in the past. Because the Friends of The Library help the library, they thought they own the public library and can, by fiat, turn it into their private country club where they can exclude the homeless. When I volunteered in the food pantry at the local Salvation Army, an official there overheard me talking to another volunteer, challenging the harassment of the homeless in the library as a constructive way to get rid of them. The official chimed in that there are people who visit the library who don’t like the homeless there and she was OK with the library discriminating against the homeless in order to cater to the elites. When I challenged the official, she spouted the stereotypes about the homeless being dirty, eating in the library, etc.  The Salvation Army traditionally helps the downtrodden.   When I asked the Salvation Army representative if she ever went to the library to see the homeless for herself, she got dismissive and that was the end of the conversation. But that wasn’t the end of it. When I had to go through her after being offered an opportunity by someone from the Salvation Army regional office to write for the SA, like a Sandinista, she used her position to punish me by blocking my opportunity. The second time I approached her after a few months delay, she snapped “I don’t have time for that!”  Many people, including myself before I got to know the local homeless, don’t really understand them. The name “Skid Row”, unfortunately gives some people an image of the homeless – raggedy looking drunks rummaging through trash cans, lying drunk on the street, etc. In my experience hanging with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA, I found that this is not the case here. You’re not going to show people who the homeless really are by making a video, using actors while the homeless stood by and were treated like mannequins, as AHTN did. The video did not tell it like it is!  The homeless group Picture The Homeless has a slogan “Don’t Talk About Us; Talk With Us.”  Spot on! In my book “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless” I focus on my experience hanging with the homeless in lower Bucks County PA to tell it like it is!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR0gPVr_CAM7L0hyxu92hll8KTsLWTUmr1nIEamgTnuc_Hi4yDafBYGcMqs 

Movin On Up?

“For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,” -Romans 10:12 Today there are Christians and churches that don’t realize that the civil rights battle has been won! Both conservatives and liberals joined forces with Martin Luther King Jr. in his campaign for equal rights.  

What Dr. King wanted to see is to people to be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. He didn’t want a welfare state, as the liberals did, but to have America live up to the equal protection clause of the constitution. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail was a response to the white clergy down south to explain why he was doing what he was doing.  

Dr. King delineated two other civil rights movements (I’ll paraphrase): 

    • The go along with the status quo. There were blacks down south who were satisfied, as they had some economic success and were, like George Jefferson, moving on up. He wrote that people who subscribe to this movement in the black community are “complacent.” 
  • Black Nationalism. This movement fostered hatred and bitterness. It was part of the hate America crowd. They repudiated Christianity and preached that the white man is an incurable devil.  

https://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/documents/Letter_Birmingham_Jail.pdf 

 Dr. King practiced non-violent protest to call attention to the injustice flung on the black community. He just wanted America to live up to our standards.  

When I was in the Navy, stationed in Charleston, S.C. in the early 70s, I witnessed the effects of Dr. King’s campaign. In town I befriended some black guys who were in the Navy a decade or two before I was. They shared anecdotes of racial prejudice, although none terribly severe. One of them asked me “what would your shipmates think if they knew you were hanging around with soul?” I replied, “They wouldn’t care. White and black guys go on liberty together all the time; it’s no big deal.”   “You have a good ship,” the guy responded.  

Of course we didn’t get rid of every spec of prejudice. There was an isolated incident on my ship. When I took my turn at mess cooking – slaving for the cooks – I had a minor disagreement with a black cook in the serving area. Just inside the eating area, some white southerners evidently overheard us. When I passed by them, one of them said “don’t take any s*** off that n*****.”  I snapped “That’s between me and Scotty.” And that was the end of it. 

The problem before was that blacks were considered bad just because they were black. But today, there’s an unwritten code that if you accuse a black person of wrongdoing, even if he’s guilty, you are judging all blacks. Take the shooting of thug Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.  There was an outcry of racism and that the cop shot Big Bad Michael Brown just because he was black. Not true. I can hear Tina Turner singing “What’s truth got to do with it got to do with it.” The Department of Justice concluded that the officer shot Brown in self-defense.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Michael_Brown 

Some churches are Afro-centric. We are all humans, Christians, period. Not Afro-Christians, not Russian Christians, not Korean Christians, not Hispanic Christians, not White Christians. 

Some black Christians not only give former President Barry Obama, aka the Skinny Socialist a pass but champion him. True, Obama’s election showed that our nation is not prejudice, but, as a Christian conservative friend said, “I would have rather seen Alan Keys” elected. 

In his concurrent opinion in Adarand Constructors v. Pena, where a company that submitted the lowest bid on a highway contract was not considered a certified business because it did not meet race-based subcontractor demands, challenged it in the Supreme court and won, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote “In my mind, government-sponsored racial discrimination based on benign prejudice is just as noxious as discrimination inspired by malicious prejudice. [*] In each instance, it is racial discrimination, plain and simple.” https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/515/200#writing-ZS 

Justice Antonin Scalia’s concurrent opinion in Adarand: in my view, government can never have a “compelling interest” in discriminating on the basis of race in order to “make up” for past racial discrimination in the opposite direction. 

Two wrongs don’t make a right. I remember hearing Justice Thomas referring to liberals as “camouflage rednecks.” After the Witch Hunt that attempted to cheat Clarence Thomas out of his U. S. Supreme Court nomination, he said the culprits of this hunt conducted “a high-tech lynching.” 

“What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.” -Romans 3:9