King Wolf (parody of Steve Martin’s King Tut)

Ever since he was a young boy

He had a crystal ball

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

You never thought you’d see

People lining up in bread lines because of he

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

He’s the King of De Nile

The bull he makes a pile

of King Wolf

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

Comes at you from Harrass Burg

He really wants to control the herd

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

He’ll huff and puff until he blows you house down

And with the homeless you’ll be around

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

King Wolf (ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh ah-huh)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Can Work It Out

Pride leads to conflict.

Like the Okies in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the homeless in places such as lower Bucks County PA are in a challenging situation. They need to work together and look out for one another, like the characters in Steinbeck’s classic novel.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grapes_of_Wrath

Like Steinbeck’s characters, people in the homeless community, as one former homeless guy used to say “(we) all have baggage.”

Nonetheless, the homeless need to get along on their journey. People have to realize that their are limits to their own understanding and they need to listen to one another and try to resolve problems through the marketplace of ideas in their community. It’s not about who’s right but about truth and absolute principles that are best for a society.

Absolutes come from God.

Some parties, including myself, interested in creating much needed shelter for the homeless have different ideas about how to go about it. It’s not about the ego of who has the best idea but how the ongoing problem of shelter for the homeless is best resolved. The more ideas tossed into the ring and honestly and civilly discussed the better.

I for one realize that I don’t have all the answers, and seek the wisdom, expertise and ideas of others in addressing problems.

The shelter problem in Bucks County is hard enough to deal with, without the static of vile rumors and gossip, driven by pride. This is counterproductive.

Seek the truth and it will set you free.

The gossip running rampant is that someone who has been going to the community meals is causing some homeless people to be evicted from the woods. The truth is that someone had dragged a camper with expired tags into the area, which precipitated complaints from businesses and neighbors in the area. Consequently, the case was brought to court and the outcome was that people have to leave the area.

This same someone is rumored to be a pedophile. I checked on Megan’s Law, which has photos of offenders as well as names, and I did not find this individual on the list.

Finding a place for the homeless to live is the biggest problem in lower Bucks County.

Infighting is making it harder for the homeless to deal with their problems. And altercations, drunk and disorderly conduct and other problems that become public creates a negative public perception of the homeless– that they are lazy no goods, drunks, druggies, violent, irresponsible miscreants whom judgmental people have written off.

Unfortunately, Bucks County is infested with the group think, liberal world view, like President FDR, who rounded up Japanese Americans like they were cattle and corralled them in internment camps, without a shred of evidence that they were aiding and abetting the enemy, the Empire of Japan.

So when one homeless person acts like a jackass, the liberal establishment blames and punishes the whole homeless community. This stems from a subtle Marxist point of view that believes that everyone in the same situation will behave the same way and, as Joseph Stalin believed, that the average person is a miscreant.

The best solution is not always through external means, like putting up “no loitering” and “no overnight parking” signs, or by moving a bus stop, but to change people from the inside and hold people individually accountable for their behavior.

A friend of mine in the homeless community who has struggled with addictions seems to be coming around. He realizes he has a problem and how it’s affecting people he cares for and wants to do something about it. This is an important step. (There are 12 steps in all).

A former advocate and other friends have tirelessly ministered to,  encouraged and stuck by him.

People need to humble themselves and let God be the Captain of their ship, who will change them from the inside.

“Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”

-Proverbs 13:10

Just Hang on To What You’ve Got

Do your circumstances control you and do you act like Lewis Carroll’s Aged Aged Man?

Whose look was mild, whose speech was slow,
Whose hair was whiter than the snow,
Whose face was very like a crow,
With eyes, like cinders, all aglow,
Who seemed distracted with his woe,
Who rocked his body to and fro,
And muttered mumblingly and low,
As if his mouth were full of dough,
Who snorted like a buffalo –
That summer evening long ago
A-sitting on a gate.

If, like Lewis  Carroll’s  character, you are distracted by your woe because of your immediate circumstances, just realize this is only a season.  In the midst of trouble, you should know there is a way out.  There is more to life than just carpe diem, seizing only the moment in life, but something deep inside that satisfies your soul and lifts your spirits.

Like Job in the Bible, the homeless have suffered a loss, living like Gypsies.  Now stripped of worldly goods, they have to find what’s really important in life, without all the bells and whistles.   If you look around you may see, as Frankie Valli’s Let’s Hang On lyrics go, what you have is really a lot.

There are things out there that you can do to improve and enjoy your life.  The public library in Levittown, PA offers chair yoga classes.  Sleeping and living in a car tends to cramp me up.  After taking a few yoga classes, I’ve felt noticeably looser.  I’ve also been able to breathe better and tend to be generally healthier.

A lung cancer patient I’ve been looking after has taken physical therapy.  I noticed that some of the exercises are like what we do in the chair yoga class.  I mentioned this to the yoga instructor, who said that when you find something good, others do it.

And physical therapy, yoga, helps people, if they continue to do it.

I’ve also found that Kava Tea helps relax my mind and muscles, much like Yoga.

So does acupuncture. In a similar but different way.

One of the things homelessness does is helps you think outside of the box and improvise.  Although one of the things people in transition yearn for is a routine, without it one tends to turn this loss into a search for innovative ways, new skills to deal with situations.  The need to solve a problem is why we think and develop a plan, according to C.S. Pierce, the founder of American pragmatism.  http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/peirce/

Another thing homelessness does is, like Job, help you find who your true friends are.  Those who accept you for you are and who help you not just for what they can get from you are genuine friends.

It also tests your faith.  Things you took for granted are not there, and when you are needy and on the road to becoming homeless, you really have to trust in God.  After I lost my job, I was almost penniless.  I didn’t know where my next meal would come from.

I found a food pantry, but that wasn’t enough to sustain me.  I could no longer afford Internet at the house.  After I started using the Wi-Fi at the public library, I befriended homeless people at the local library I knew from the community meals where I worked as a volunteer who told me about free community meals and a bus that would take me there.

After a season, I came into a little money and was able to get my car back.  I sold my house and got more money but it’s been a struggle to find housing and I stayed in my car for a time.  Although I’m off the street, I still seek regular housing.

In my Odyssey, I’ve come across people who have taught me what’s important and that the Lord loves me and has my back.  I had turned away from my faith, but now through hardship, I’m learning what’s really important in life, and, although I tend to try to figure out and anticipate the outcome, I’ve have gone outside myself to a higher power.

Hope comes from faith in Christ.  It is something outside myself.

As Emily Dickinson wrote:

Hope is the Thing with Feathers

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.”

Another resource people with trouble have is the Bible based 12 Step Program, which meets at the Restoration Church in Levittown on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and at Crossings Community Church in Newtown at 6:30 p.m..

So just hang on to what you’ve got…

http://12stepjourney.com/ 

Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Think of your fellow man  Lend him a helping hand  Put a little love in your heart

You see it’s getting late  Oh, please don’t hesitate  Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place  And the world will be a better place  For you and me, you just wait and see

Another day goes by still the children cry  Put a little love in your heart  If you want the world to know  We won’t let hatred grow  Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place  (And the world)  All the world will be a better place  (All the world)  For you and me  (For you and me)  You just wait and see, wait and see  (Just wait)

Take a good look around  And if you’re feeling down  Put a little love in your heart  I hope when you decide  Kindness will be your guide  Put a little love in your heart… Jackie Deshannon – Put A Little Love In Your Heart Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Officials in Bucks County, Pennsylvania recognized in the late 80’s that there was a homeless problem in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Today, especially in Lower Bucks County, the homeless problem has mushroomed. So much so that the only shelter, in Levittown, PA, has a long waiting list.

Take a good look around and you’ll find that many people end up sleeping on sidewalks, their cars, and in tents.

Recently, a guy who put a little love in his heart joined the growing group of people who are lending a helping hand to the homeless and needy.  Morris is the latest one to reach out to try to meet the needs of those people, who for but the grace of God, who would be us.  Last night he met with some homeless people in lower Bucks County to talk with them about their concerns and how he and his organization, No More Pain Inc. can help them.

The needs are many.  Besides material needs, Morris’ organization addresses addiction and mental health issues. In association with Pro-Act, ambassadors for recovery, No more Pain will present “Love for an Addict”, an informal get together with live entertainment and recovery speakers on Friday, November 13th from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at 1286 Veteran’s Highway, Suite D-6, Bristol, PA.  Admission is $3.00.  Refreshments will be served.

Life is challenging out in the streets, and it’s good to know, as Carol King sang, you’ve got a friend.

Caring people can really help needy people not by must meeting their material needs, but by getting to know them and understanding their situations.  For Morris, and many others, it’s not just about academics where one studies something in the classroom.  Helping the homeless is not a business or a government program but a mission of love and caring about one’s neighbor.

It’s about giving people a hand up so they can help themselves.  Although Morris is not actively  developing shelters, he offered to help us who are trying to create much needed shelter for the homeless in Bucks County.

It’s good to know that there are people out there who give a damn.

The Ant and The Grasshopper

Aesop’s fable about the ant and the grasshopper is a lesson that applies today to those who work hard to make a living, and to those who are able to work, but just want to fool around. It also applies to other people debiting (decreasing the liability of) the foolish behavior of others who act irresponsibly.

In the story, the ant dragged an ear of corn to store food for the winter passed by the grasshopper. The grasshopper just wanted to BS with the ant and asked him to join him in his sloth. The industrious ant ignored the grasshopper’s idea and continued to work hard to provide for his future.

Winter came and the grasshopper whined that he had nothing to eat and wanted the fruit of the ant’s labor, like some members the Jamestown Colony before it developed the policy “you don’t work, you don’t eat.”

Today, there are people who can work but don’t want to and who act responsibly and want a hand out and people to cover for them.

In the homeless community in lower Bucks County, PA, someone from the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need got a homeless person a job in a grocery store. After completing his training, he didn’t return to the job. Like the grasshopper, he’d rather fiddle around all day and get handouts.

This slacker’s behavior was debited by a volunteer from Advocates for the Homeless and Those in need (AHTN) after he and his girlfriend were caught “doing it” at the bus stop shelter for the homeless in front of the public library in Levittown, PA. These dotes got off Scott free but all the homeless were punished by having the shelter taken down and the bus stop relocated.  Three homeless people who had had an altercation at the bus were banned from the library for a time, which also contributed to the group punishment.

Alcoholism is a problem among the homeless. There’s one guy who had gotten drunk and ripped his tent went he returned to it for the night. AHTN gave him a new tent.

Some people in the homeless community use all their funds on booze and cigarettes, and like the grasshopper, complain when they have nothing to eat at the end of the month.

The behavior of a homeless drunk who regularly attends the community meals was debited, mainly as a result of an AHTN volunteer who, coincidentally, debited the behavior of the bus stop lovers. As the Hollies sang:

“Bus stop, wet day She’s there, I say Please share my umbrella…

Other people stared As if we were both quite insane”

Yes, they are!

And as far as the drunk who incessantly comes to the community meals for the homeless and the needy, although on more than one occasion he attacked people verbally, frequently cursing, so loud you could hear him throughout the whole large dining area, and had to be restrained when he tried to attack people physically, he’s still allowed to ride the bus. Some time ago another drunk was banned from riding a bus and AHTN started a policy where they would not transport people who were visibly drunk. On one occasion, an AHTN bus driver would not let someone on the bus with what she believed was a container of booze.

After he recently cursed at and physically threatened me in front of some AHTN volunteers, the volunteers are now thinking this drunk needs to be banned from the bus.

Recently, I saw one of the Jurassic Park movies, where a Tyrannosaurus Rex ran amuck, stomping on cars, turning over buses and snapping at people. T Rex reminded me of this long, lean and mean out of control tyrant at the community meals, who, being T Rex, is not accountable for his actions.

Not all homeless people are sociopathic drunks or slackers. Many of them are decent people who simply don’t have a home and don’t habitually look for scapegoats. Given the opportunity, they will work, and have. Even T Rex sporadically works.

There was a woman who was living in her car for a time who relentlessly used the Levittown public library resources to look for jobs and eventually landed one.  She now has an apartment.

Unfortunately, the homeless are judged by the actions of a few idiots. When a homeless person acts up in a public place, it’s counterproductive for the rest of the homeless community.

I don’t write the homeless off as a bunch of miscreants, who shouldn’t be held accountable for their behavior. I expect the same standards from them as anyone else. This is why I call them out and offer constructive criticism when I witness specific homeless individuals who are out of line, the same way I would call out anyone who unfairly judges or mistreats the homeless.

The purpose of my message is to have people coalesce their feces (get their sh** together).

Be like the ant; we shall overcome!

The Lord of The Flies

The Lord of the Flies is a story of the conflicting values in society.

  • A civilized society that lives by rules and with relative peace and harmony.
  • Savagery, where there is a struggle for power and where people just follow their natural, animal instincts.

It’s a conflict between rational and irrational emotional reactions and between morality and immorality.

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

The environment does not control our thinking.  The boys who were marooned on an island that was a paradise.  It was their unchecked human character flaws that drove them to cruelty and even a murder — feral behavior.

Being homeless does not cause people to become feral, like some cats that live in the woods near the library in Levittown, PA.   It’s unchecked human depravity that does this.  The difference between the feral humans and feral cats is that when humans are not held in check by the restraints of civilization, they act not out of survival but out of ego and meanness.

In the Lord of the Flies, the marooned boys irrationally mistake a downed pilot for a beast.  Jack, the irrational, serve serving, self proclaimed leader of the group, leaves a pig’s head as a sacrifice for the beast.

Simon muses over the pig’s head, swarming with flies, and creates an icon for what’s happening on the island.  He tells the other boys that the beast was their own creation and that the beast is what’s inside them all.

When Simon tried to tell Jack’s tribe that the beast is merely a human corpse, the boys, in a frenzied dance, killed him!

In the homeless community in lower Bucks County, PA, people who are thrown into a challenging situation like the marooned boys have formed competing tribes.

There are people like Ralph in the Lord of the Flies story, who try to look at the situation realistically and do what’s best for the group.  There are also people like Jack, who seek power and attack others who are trying to figure out how best to deal with the situation.  When others listened to him, the society became dysfunctional.

The homeless are marooned, out in their cars, in tents in the woods, and on pavements by buildings.  What’s needed is a Ralph to work with others to figure out how to best deal with the situation, and to give everyone a chance to hold the conch to have their say in the group.

Homelessness is a problem.  It’s will not be resolved by people marginalizing the homeless, writing them off, and treating them like lepers. And escaping through drugs and alcohol or by venting anger and feeling sorry for oneself, known as PMS (poor me syndrome) is equally counterproductive.

By accepting the homeless unconditionally and holding them to the same standards as the rest of the society, and of course by not voting for progressives, they can be rescued.

Twelve Angry Men

In the movie Twelve Angry Men, 11 of the jurors want to convict a man of murder in what they thought was an open-and-shut case and they are anxious to go home.  But one man, played by Henry Fonda, has doubts and wants to further discuss the case.  The 11 are angry with the man who is more concerned with not convicting an innocent man than wanting to be done with the trial and hear a baseball game.

Eventually, the one holdout seeking justice wins over the other jurors, one by one, and the defendant is acquitted.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050083/synopsis?ref_=ttpl_pl_syn

Recently,  at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, a drunk at a community meal for the homeless and those in need verbally harassed and physically threatened another guest at the dinner.  He was out of control and had to be physically restrained.  The police came.

“The Pope” accosted the victim because the guy sits in on court cases in order to learn first hand what’s going on in the law locally.  The Pope had a problem with this and went ballistic.  He was drunk and very disorderly.

The victim showed great self control, not even verbally arguing with this maniac.  Yet, when the police interviewed the victim, the officer told him he had to leave because the Redeemer Lutheran church wanted this.  This same drunk did the same thing to me some time ago at another community meal.  Instead of the victim remaining seated, as in this case, the drunk threatened me and followed me as I walked towards the bathroom.

I spun around and went into a defensive position.  Then one of the hosts got between us and we separated.  The host thanked me for remaining calm and preventing a problem.

Nobody at the Redeemer Lutheran Church thanked the victim for exercising self control– they even blamed him!   One of the bus drivers from the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need told him he could not ride the bus.

Fast forward 12 days.  Last night, when the victim rode the AHTN bus to a meal one homeless individual snidely remarked that he wasn’t supposed to be on the bus.  At the meal, an AHTN volunteer told him he wasn’t supposed to ride the bus, for his protection.

When I challenged the AHTN volunteer about this, she was defensive, gave me spin, and said the decision was made by the head of AHTN.  When she remarked that two people who may fight shouldn’t ride the bus together, I argued that The Pope shouldn’t be allowed to ride the bus.  He’d been riding the bus for 12 days after the  problem at the church he created occurred.

The AHTN volunteer uttered some nonsense about taking care of people who are out in the cold.  That’s noble, but they need to abide by the rules.  When I was living at my parent’s house when I was over 18, my language slipped when I was taking a shower.  My mother overheard it and said that if this bad language continues, I’d be kicked out of the house, and she meant it.

Unlike my mother, AHTN does not hold the homeless accountable for their behavior.  In fact, by fiat, they encourage it.  AHTN’s name should be changed to APHCB (Advocates to Promote Homeless Criminal Behavior).

The Pope even threatened me at the meal, but later apologized.  He keeps apologizing for his behavior but continues being drunk and disorderly.  Interesting that this happened in a Lutheran church.  Founder Martin Luther said that the best way to apologize is to stop doing the wrong.

What entered into APHCB’s, aka AHTN, decision is the false witness that one or two people in the community has been spreading about the victim.

Proverbs 6:16-19

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

And the Kool-aid drinkers just summarily believe the lies.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_the_Kool-Aid

http://www.dailytimewithgod.com/proverbs/day-25-be-slow-to-judge-quick-to-forgive/

As was the case in Twelve Angry Men, the truth will come out.  It has for me, and like the Henry Fonda character, I will go against the tyranny of the majority and will not shut up and sit down on this matter.

APHCB (AHTN) does not genuinely care about the homeless.  One reason they favor the drunk is that he conforms to the stereotype they have of the homeless.  Like the liberals they are, they want homeless to be rudderless and use them for their pet project, much like President LBJ did to blacks (see my blog What’s so Great about the Great Society).

APHCB showed its true colors at the Homeless Video Shoot a short while back.  The film crew, which AHTN sponsored, walked past the homeless like they were fixtures, and AHTN left the pizza at a place where they knew the homeless would not be.  They didn’t want to portray the actual lives of the homeless but just made the video to tell their own version of the story, like the Fractured Fairly Tales on the old Bullwinkle and Rocky Show.

The so called Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need is an interfaith organization.  I have lost faith in them.  Evidently, there are like the many churches that have lost their fidelity to scriptures.  Based on their fruits, AHTN and the Redeemer Lutheran Church fit into this category.

Matthew 7:15-20

A Tree and Its Fruit

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

 

Too Much Monkey Business

“Too much monkey business. Too much monkey business. Too much monkey business for me to get involved with.”

-Chuck Berry

There is so much monkey business in our country because we have lost the Christian consensus.  It’s a result of failure of the church to influence society, which is largely a result of the church to hold to Biblical principles, compromising them to the world.

One of the most egregious examples of this is churches that practice same sex marriage.

There should be a separation of church and state. The problem is that the state is trying to bamboozle, maybe even to coerce churches into kowtowing to its un-Godly acts.  The church should be influencing the state through the democratic process.

In the early church, the apostle Paul admonished the churches not to follow every wind of doctrine, and not to engage in sinful and pagan practices.  He passed the word on to follow God’s precepts, not their own, worldly ideas.  No compromises or spin but “just the (Biblical) facts, ma’am.”

The Protestant church got far from it’s Biblical roots during the 20th century.  A Westminster Seminary student I worked with years ago told me that  traditional, orthodox Protestant churches have more in common with the traditional Roman Catholic church than it does with it’s liberal, non-orthodox counterparts, even in the same denomination!

Westminster Seminary was formed about 1929 after Princeton Seminary, founded on sound Biblical principles, stopped adhering to Scriptural theology and compromised the Word with modernist, worldly influences.

Overall, the church lost its way.

And if you know your history, you known what those modernist influences led to.  Gangsters, the Great Depression, and other social maladies.

Sticking to the fidelity to scripture is an ongoing battle today.  I’ve read letters to the editor in the Salvation Army’s War Cry magazine that challenged the magazine, for example, when it expressed a worldly view of Christmas.

It was good to see that solid Christians challenged that sacrilegious rendition of the Noah story in the movie starring Russell Crowe.

Today there is a lot of anger, the divorce rate is sky high, lot of violence, unhappiness, civil unrest…  Just a coincidence that this sort of thing mushroomed since the days when the Bible was read in public schools?  Hummmmmm…

We need to take a stand for the truth.  As Winston Churchill said “if you don’t have enemies, you must not stand for anything.”

Recently, I have taken on a local Salvation Army’s policy of kowtowing to the politically correct.  In particular, how local leaders are making excuses for a judgmental, abrasive, condescending, in your face social services director because they are afraid to face the race card players.  This woman once told me “you won’t listen to me because I’m black.”  I responded “people have a problem with you because you talk down to them.”

Individually, Christians need to be held accountable, including myself.  As I said in my last blog, like others, I was born with a dirty heart that needs regular cleaning.

If more of us would clean up our acts, we’d have a better world.

The late evangelist Francis Shaffer wrote back in the 70’s that freedom in our land is resulting in destruction.  Either we will end up in a totalitarian society, where people are controlled from the outside, or we will regain a Christian consensus, and people will be controlled from the inside.

I agree with Dr. Shaffer.

To Serve God

In my last blog, I focused on how people who allegedly serve others, serve themselves, like the Kanamits in an episode of the Twilight Zone.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Serve_Man_(The_Twilight_Zone) 

Today I will focus on serving God, which by doing so, you serve others.

  • Out of compassion, you genuinely care for people and make sacrifices to help the needy.  Like Christ, you show agape love — love which expects nothing in return.  Develop relationships with the people you serve and focus on what’s best for them.

“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.”

2nd Corinthians 5:20

Except for the one host I mentioned at the Salvation Army Community center, Levittown, PA, who often hosts the community meals, the hosts at the meals have been gracious to their homeless and needy guests.  They have been developing relationships with the guests; they know each other by first names.

A woman from one church that provides community meals remarked, during a conversation she had with a few of us after we finished eating, “we are a small church; I wish we could do more.”  I told her that they have done a lot.  They not only give out small care packages at the meals, but they make their guests feel at home.  They accept them unconditionally and help them sort out their problems.

That church is the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church in Newtown, PA.  This is the same denomination where that evil man gunned down people, in Charlestown, SC.  People associated with this church didn’t vent anger by attacking white people or ranting and raving that Confederate flags be banned. Instead, they were forgiving and continued to serve God.

In a Christian blog about progressivism versus Christianity, the writer said that we are actually born liberals —  because we, as my daughter’s preschool teacher told the kids, are born with “a dirty heart”.  In order to practice true, genuine tolerance, Jesus has to change us from the inside.  Because someone is unregenerate (heart not changed by God), he cannot do this.  Instead of addressing the problem of human character flaws, outside circumstances need to be manipulated.

Gun control is a perfect example.  Liberals think that if we take away people’s guns, then we will have peace.  Wrong!

When I first thought about the AME abbreviation, African Methodist Episcopal, I thought that maybe this was an Afro-centric church, and that they, like that certain Salvation Army woman, favors black people.  I went on the church’s website and discovered this was not the case.  The AME church was formed because at one time blacks were not allowed to be ministers, so they formed the African Methodist Episcopal church.

My experience with the AME church is that they genuinely welcome everybody.  I have gone to their church twice.  On my first visit I was one of two visitors.  The pastor welcomed us during the service and asked us to introduce ourselves and to say a few words.  I took communion for the first time in years, as now I was in a real church.

I was hesitant, as my dirty heart needed cleaning.  On my knees, I asked God to help me.  Several men prayed with me.  After the service, a man gave me his phone number.

The last sermon, which I heard on Sunday, was about following God’s path.

Psalm 1:1-6 NKJV

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly

1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

The pastor preached about taking the right path when you come to a fork in the road.  He admonished the congregation that when you come to a fork in the road, follow God.  The pastor warned that if you don’t follow the way of the Lord, you are headed for destruction.  He quoted an old popular song that said that you should just act naturally, that is, act on impulses.  The pastor admonished the congregation not to take this path.

We are born in sin, depraved, and we need to learn to walk in God’s ways.  This doesn’t come naturally.  Christians shouldn’t succumb to un-Godly behavior.  The theory of the Noble Savage, put into practice, leads to destruction.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_savage

Addictions and other character flaws can be overcome by tapping into God’s grace.  If your roots are in the Lord, you can overcome your problems, even what is called “mental illness”.  That is unless the cause is organic.  God wrote the book on human behavior, and he knows what’s best for us.

There is a group that meets in lower Bucks County, twice a week, two different locations, that applies Biblical principles to the original 12 step program, created to help alcoholics.  This program helps participants get to the root of this and other addictions and problems, such as anger, resentment and drug misuse.   http://www.12stepjourney.com/

Jesus said he is the way, the truth, and the light.  We shall overcome!

To Serve Man

There are two basic attitudes one can take when helping people such as the homeless and needy.

  • Become detached and help people so you can show people how caring you are and for your own self aggrandizement.  You don’t really care and robotically serve people the way Jeff Dunham’s Walter would be a Walmart Greeter: “Welcome to Walmart; get your sh** and get out!”  Of course, you would be more subtle.
  • Out of compassion, you genuinely care for people and make sacrifices to help the needy.  Like Christ, you show agape love — love which expects nothing in return.  Develop relationships with the people you serve and focus on what’s best for them.

In one episode of The Twilight Zone, To Serve Man, a Kanamit lands on earth and promises hope and change. The nine foot plus giant says he’s going to serve humanity by ending hunger by transforming deserts into booming fields, end energy shortages, and stop war.  There is no need for the military.  This virtual Santa Claus came to earth just to serve man.

Earthlings are initially skeptical of the nine foot plus Santa Claus,  but soon, like Captain Hook and the Crocodile,  they are taken in.  Only, instead of a welcome grin, the Kanamit looks and talks stoically, robotically like some of the hosts on MSNBC.

The government found a book, written in code, left by the Kanamit.  After a decoder cracks the book’s title, To Serve Man, society believes the Kanamits are there to help them.  People then line up to book flights to the alien planet, which they are told is a paradise.

As the head decoder is waiting to board the spaceship bound for Paradise, his assistant, who decoded more than the title of the book, frantically runs towards her boss yelling “TO SERVE MAN IS A COOKBOOK!”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Serve_Man_(The_Twilight_Zone

Some people serve the needy the way the Kanamits do — for their own desires.

Serving others is a mission, not a job.  It is not about politics or your ego.  Unfortunately, it has become that way in some instances.

Even the Salvation Army has become self serving.  The social services director, part of the hired help,  at the Army’s Community Center in Levittown, PA  has a judgmental, unloving, unChristian attitude towards the homeless and needy.  At the community meals, she talks to them like they are rudderless criminals — like they are children.  She tells them not to run around the building and actual has told them they need to behave themselves!  These are adults!

If it were up to me, this street thug, this member of a spurious aristocracy, who is known to bully volunteers,  would have been dismissed long ago.  Instead, the last time I came to volunteer in the food pantry she left word with the staff that I wasn’t allowed to volunteer in the food pantry.  This is the first time I heard this.

Likewise, the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) is self serving.  The most recent example of this attitude is that, instead of judging what is right, they seemed to side with a drunk who verbally assaulted and physically threatened one of the guests at a community meal.  One of the two drivers said he wouldn’t let the victim on the bus.  Leading up to that is that some gossip on a power trip has been spreading false witness about the guy, who is trying to learn more about the homeless and try to help resolve the problem.

The gossip spread like wildfire, so instead of like the Henry Fonda character in 12 Angry Men, who was the one hold out who went against the other jurors because he wanted to find the truth (and later won the rest of the jurors over), for expediency AHTN sides with the gossipers.  This is what John Stuart Mill called “Tyranny of the Majority”.    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_Angry_Men_(1957_film)

I suspect the motivation for spreading lies about the man is the ego of the person doing it.  This person wants to be top dog, or queen bee, and by putting others down, it makes this person look good.  It’s a gangster mentality.

Homelessness is a struggle, so instead of fighting one another to see who can be the top gangster, people in the homeless community need to care for and respect one another, and focus on ways to overcome the problem.  It begins with everyone involved developing the right attitude, including myself. It’s not about ego; it’s about serving one another.

The organization that we just launched is trying to acquire property and have the homeless play a large part to develop and maintain it in order to become self sufficient.  But first, all the Bovine Scatology has to stop!  We need understanding, civil discussion, and sometimes tough love in order to be able to work together.  We are in this together.

We should be on the same team!  This is the only way we shall overcome!