I Saw the Best Minds

In the mid 50s, the insanity of drugs, sexual perversion, rioting, pagan religion started out as a fringe movement, a trickle, as illustrated in Beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s run on sentence poem Howl. So was an overreaching, oppressive government. By the 50’s, the progressivism of the late 20s, 30s, and early 40’s had waned.

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

Ginsberg’s insanity has become much more mainstream today than it was in the mid 50’s, a time when people went to church and took their faith seriously, and society and families, the bedrock of society, were more stable than they are today.

Unlike the decadent pop singers of today who visit the BO White House, and, like Mohammed and the Mountain, sometimes the White House comes to them, popular artists didn’t suck up to the decadence back in the 50’s. Maybe a little naive and fanciful — Life Would be a Dream; Sha-Boom Sha-Boom… but they were basically clean.

In an interview, Mary Travers, of the Peter Paul and Mary early 60’s folk singers group said that she doesn’t identify with the Beatniks, which Ginsberg was. She described them as jobless, nihilistic, dirty bums. The only thing Mary said she had in common with them is that she’s a rebel, speaking out against things she wants changed.

Allen Ginsberg protested against the war on drugs, saw capitalism as a destructive force, and championed homosexuality. In Howl and in his other writings, Ginsberg used profane language. Early on, most publishers would not publish him.

In 1957, a bookstore manager was arrested for selling and a publisher for publishing Howl.

Although Ginsberg wrote that he saw the best minds of his generation destroyed by madness, vividly depicting the decadence, he reveled in it. This is what the modern gansta’ rappers do – revel in depravity.

Today in Bucks County, PA I see the best minds of my generation, and especially the younger generation, destroyed by madness, as exemplified in rampant drug abuse.

A year or two ago, I kept company with a very bright, formerly successful, homeless woman who was destroyed by madness. For years, she’d alternate between acting responsibility, doing constructive things and acting irresponsibly through drunkenness and bizarre behavior, stealing, putting people down, habitual use of obscenities, and trashing out her campsite. We would independently read and then discuss books together, talk about art and generally engage in intelligent conversation. Then she turned to her dark side with no sign of coming back.

On one occasion, I saw her with another drunk, talking stupid.

I see today people thinking stupid. Even back in the 70’s, left wing nuts like Gus Hall and Angela Davis got scant votes. They were not taken seriously. But politicians such as Barry Obama and the Clintons, who are about as bad, have become mainstream. I can’t believe so many people have been taken in by their welcome grin!

Just as booze makes us act stupid, so does ideology.

What do we do when we see the best minds of our generation destroyed by madness?

Offer an alternative

In the 70s, evangelist Francis Schaeffer said that freedom is being misused in this country and that one of two things will happen. Either we will have a police state, where the government will control people from the outside, or we’ll have a Reformed Christian revival where people will be changed to act right from the inside.

To do this, Christians need to preach the true gospel, and, as taught in the Book of James, practice what we preach.

Our culture today is much like that of ancient Rome. In the time of Nero, Rome was decadent and oppressive. Christians were oppressed and were being slaughtered. Today in America, we’re not at that point. Yet. Maybe if  America burns, like Nero, Barry Obama and Hillary Clinton can play fiddles. Like dueling banjos, they could do dueling fiddles. Recently Hillary Clinton proposed a national dance party.

In the Book of Peter, Christians were encouraged to keep the faith and be holy in the face of oppression and seeming hopelessness. It worked out for good. After the Roman empire fell, the Christians took over. They banned abortion and homosexuality. Women, who used to be treated like ornaments, were more respected in the Christian culture. They married pagan men and converted them.

Two epidemics hit, taking out a lot of the pagan population. Those who survived ran away. Christians stayed, and at their own peril, helped the sick.

This is how to restore a Christian consensus.

http://thefederalist.com/2016/09/20/what-todays-christians-can-learn-from-antiquity-about-living-in-a-pagan-world/

Today I am encouraged by the plethora of Christian posts on Facebook. Likewise how the churches are reaching out to the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA. They not only feed them and give them clothing, but, as man does not live by bread alone, minister the gospel to them. Like the early Christians, they graciously help them with their emotional and spiritual needs as well as their physical needs.

‘Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel and will rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against Me and by which they have transgressed against Me.

It will be to Me a name of joy, praise and glory before all the nations of the earth which will hear of all the good that I do for them, and they will fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace that I make for it.’ “Thus says the LORD, ‘Yet again there will be heard in this place, of which you say, “It is a waste, without man and without beast,” that is, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast, the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who say, “Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, For the LORD is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting”; and of those who bring a thank offering into the house of the LORD.

For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were at first,’ says the LORD. “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘There will again be in this place which is waste, without man or beast, and in all its cities, a habitation of shepherds who rest their flocks. ‘In the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the Negev, in the land of Benjamin, in the environs of Jerusalem and in the cities of Judah, the flocks will again pass under the hands of the one who numbers them,’ says the LORD.”

Jeremiah 33:6-13

Sorry About That, Chief!

A druggie who said “sorry” as he drove off with someone else’s SUV reminds me of Maxwell Smart in Mel Brooks’  TV series Get Smart. When I was in navigation school when I was in the Navy, I used a Smart line. In class, we plotted a ship’s course. The chief petty officer who taught the class looked at my work and said “Drinnan, you just ran the ship aground.”

“I did? Sorry about that, Chief!,” I quipped, talking like Maxwell Smart.

http://levittownnow.com/2016/10/24/cops-man-steals-toyota-driveway-yells-sorry-victim/

The guy’s impetuous behavior resulted in police chasing him through towns, with him running a red light, driving through a yard, weaving around other drivers, recklessly endangering not just himself but others, from Bensalem, through Levittown, and finally crashing in New Jersey.

He came down abruptly from his high and ended up in jail.

The druggie said he was “sorry” to the person from whom he stole the SUV. But, no doubt, he’s sorry about the consequences. As Oliver Hardy told Stan Laurel, “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.” The SUV thief not only got himself into trouble, but wronged the owner of the SUV.

He was driving a stolen vehicle, but evidently, he was driven by drugs and the dysfunctional thinking that fueled his behavior.

What was he thinking? Certainly not the right things.

Reckless behavior has become an epidemic in our society. We have lost our way and have become a Godless society. There’s a saying “you are what you eat.” Well, you are what you think. When you are not grounded in the gospel, then a Pandora’s Box is opened, letting in the evils of the world prompting dysfunctionality.

As reported in LevittownNow.com, just in the timespan from New Year’s 2016 to Spring 2016, 48 drug overdoses were reported in Levittown, and five of them died!

http://levittownnow.com/2016/03/25/must-see-sign-brings-drug-epidemic-to-forefront/

People abusing drugs not only hurt themselves, as was the case with the druggie driver, but others. Because of the inordinate number of recovery houses in Levittown, there is a long waiting line to get into the so-called Levittown emergency shelter.

People become dysfunctional when they are not rooted in Jesus.

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” -2nd Corinthians 4:4

The Homeless and Kafka’s Cockroach

In my psychology in literature class in college, a classmate said that the moral of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis is that Gregory, the character in the parable, woke up as a cockroach because he didn’t want to face the world. He didn’t want to face responsibility so he lingered in bed.

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

I’ve found the homeless problem in Bucks County, PA, which I’ve been associated with for about two years to be Kafkaesque. For those of you in Doylestown, “Kafkaesque” is defined by Merriam-Webster :  “of, relating to, or suggestive of Franz Kafka or his writings; especially: having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality <Kafkaesque bureaucratic delays>”. When now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was fighting his hi tech lynching, he remarked that the whole ordeal was Kafkaesque.

I also find much of modern psychology to be Kafkaesque.

I just read a very long article: Psychology and The Church. If you are an egghead, and have a free day, you may want to read it: http://inplainsite.org/html/psychology_and_the_church.html

One point I recall from the reading is that the church can relate on a more personal level than typical secular psychology as well as have absolutes, truth which works best to keep people truly in the pink, although this doesn’t happen in a wink. Churches serve God and man well when they share one another’s burdens. Psychology has found that someone experiencing problems knowing that people really care is a big factor in helping them resolve their problems. (Not all psychology is bad).

At the community meal for the homeless and those in need on Sunday, hosts from the church sat down with some of the guests and discussed their concerns. They helped them a lot more than a shrink, including ones from Penndel Mental Health Center. During the time I broke bread with the homeless at community meals and at other venues, I’ve noticed that those who have gone to the secular center didn’t seem to improve over time. In fact, they got worse. Conversely, broken people who followed the Lord appeared to have improved their attitude, reflected in their demeanor. I’ve tried both and found this to be the case.

Modern psychology is reflected in the thinking of some in the Bucks County establishment. Some time ago, I ran the idea by a Bucks County Commissioner to designate county land as an official homeless encampment. The homeless would build and manage the place. There would be rules and leadership. The commissioner responded that this would jeopardize the chances of the homeless to get county assisted housing, which takes between one and two years to get. The commissioner’s answer was Kafkaesque!

She also pushed funding for mental health.

Like Gregory in Kafka’s novella, Bucks County doesn’t want to honestly face the world of the homeless.

Bucks County aggressively canvases to secure taxpayer funds by shanghaiing the homeless and signing them up for mental health services.  The mental health hustlers are everywhere, trying to recruit the homeless like the people in Bob Dylan’s comical song where everybody’s trying to “stone you”. And in essence, with the center’s “medications”, they are stoning you:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=bob+dylan+everybody+must+get+stoned+youtube&view=detail&mid=0FABCAAA13311BEF362B0FABCAAA13311BEF362B&FORM=VIRE

Throughout the history of the church, there has been a battle between the church and the world. This is evident in Bucks County over the well being of hurting people. I’m on the side of the church.

“And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.” -Romans 15:14

A Little Part of It in Everyone

Another human volcano erupted in Levittown, PA. “I wasn’t in my right state of mind,” said a man who was recently sentenced to prison for assault, fleeing the police, recklessly endangering another person, and possession of control substances. “I was high on drugs,” he cried.

http://levittownnow.com/2016/10/18/levittown-man-to-judge-i-wasnt-in-my-right-state-of-mind/

The pressure had built up through a dispute with a friend of a woman he attacked, compounded, no doubt, by drugs.

As I wrote in a previous blog, people don’t suddenly snap as if an alien had just remotely taken control of their minds. Viciously acting out like he did is a result of human character flaws, showing it’s ugly head when people can’t peacefully settle problems with others.

As Neil Young sang in The Needle and The Damage Done “there’s a little part of it in everyone.”

Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung related a story about visiting an insane asylum with an “intelligent layman”, who remarked that the people there were like the rest of us, except that their problems were greatly magnified.

Indeed, we all have problems. It’s a matter of degree. Earlier today, as I was struggling to reset my printer which I haven’t used for awhile so I could scan some documents, I became angry at my friend and yelled at her when she kept asking me dumb questions when I was trying to concentrate. After some snarling on both sides, after awhile we calmed down and made peace. I’ve prayed about my anger/frustration and to have more patience with my friend. I think, however, that having patience with technology is a lost cause for me! But at least you can’t hurt a machine’s feelings when you yell at it!

What causes us to not act right? It’s simply sin! Christians are sinners saved by grace, that is, unmerited favor.

In The Needle and The Damage Done, Neil pleaded with people not to destroy their lives with drugs.

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

By doing drugs, people never get satisfied. They keep wanting more and more, trying to reach that zenith point. “You can stretch right up and touch the sky”, rings a lyric in Mongo Jerry’s song. You can’t really do that even in the summertime when the weather is fine. With drugs, you keep reaching for the sky but, as Neil sang “Every junkie’s just a settin’ sun.” It  just leads to death.

All of us are dead in sins. The only remedy for this is Jesus. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16

Once you accept Jesus into your life, that’s not the end of it! After salvation comes sanctification, putting off the old, sinful ways and transforming into a more Godly person. This is a lifelong maintenance project!

I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Rom 12:1-2).

No matter what you did, Jesus will save you.

A counselor at a drug and alcohol treatment center told the guests who visit their loved ones to set rules, have borders, but to never condemn the ones they come to visit. When the Pharisees dragged a woman caught in adultery out in the street, Jesus told them who is without sin to throw the first stone at the woman. They left. Jesus asked the woman where they went and asked “has no one condemned you?”

“No,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” said Jesus, and added “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

The woman at the well, a prostitute, accepted Jesus. She not only followed Jesus, but went into town and lead others to him.

Likewise, people who used to be weighed down by drugs, alcohol and other problems can point them to the right direction. Jesus is the ultimate way to get clean. In fact, he is the way, the truth and the life.

Hope For The Homeless?

Too much government regulation is feeding the homeless problem, said Janice Gallagher, a political candidate in Delaware, at a recent forum on the homeless, held at the Victory Church in Dover.  The church is the subject of controversy between neighbors, authorities and the pastor, homeless advocates, and the homeless.

“We are being smothered by regulations,” said Ms. Gallagher. “As I have been out talking to everyday people, what is holding so many things back are the regulations.

For the homeless people, and people without jobs, our community would be moving at a much quicker pace if we could get some of these regulations, not only from our state, but from the feds also, off our backs”, she concluded.

http://delawarestatenews.net/election-2016/candidates-victory-church-dover-use-forum-discuss-homeless-problem/

The Delaware state candidate understands one of the problems that fosters homelessness better than our state representative, Tina Davis, the Bimbo of Bucks County, PA. Onerous regulations create more unemployment and is an obstacle to getting things done.  The bimbo praised PA Governor Big Bad Wolf for banning new drilling on state lands.  She admitted that the drilling helps the economy but Augustly said that “protecting” the environment trumps the economy.

https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2015/01/29/gov-wolf-bans-new-drilling-in-state-parks-and-forests/

Unlike Bucks County, which has more vacant property than homeless people, the Kent County Delaware zoning office is willing to work with the Victory Church pastor and a homeless advocate to relocate the homeless, as the homeless encampment at the church violates zoning codes.

Bucks County is smothered by regulations, driven by hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless and by greed. This is holding back housing for the homeless in Bucks County.

Although the homeless camping at Victory Church are creating problems with their incessant noise at all hours, threats of violence, domestic violence, fighting, false fire alarms and zoning violations, Kent County is offering the homeless an alternative at a better site. It’s up to the homeless to accept the zoning office’s offer and to obey rules, just like anyone else.

The feds, as Ms. Gallagher mentioned, is another source that exacerbates homelessness. In lower Bucks County, the feds have fostered an inordinate number (about 100) of recovery houses, not one in Doylestown (county seat), but dumped them in Levittown and vicinity. Those do-gooder libs in Doylestown don’t want the problems of the lower end in their back yard!

Not only has crime increased in lower Bucks since the feds imposed the revolving door druggie flophouses on the community, but as a result, the so-called emergency shelter is overflowing, so much so that people needing emergency shelter have to wait months to get in!

Progressives, liberals, have fed homelessness. As radio talk show host Tom Marr said, “when you have liberal rule, you have more crime and poverty.” These are the ingredients that make homelessness.

Like her state clones, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is a progressive, who wants more government regulation and wants to “tax the rich” in order to redistribute wealth and allegedly help the poor. She also wants to continue President BO’s war on coal, which creates more unemployment, poverty and raises fuel prices for all of us.

As I illustrated in my blogs about FDR’s New Raw Deal, progressivism hurts us all, except for the fat cat cronies of the liberal establishment, the special privileged characters. The New Raw Deal favored fat cats and hurt the little guy, like the Joads, the fictional family in realistic writer John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrathhttp://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-fdrs-new-deal-harmed-millions-poor-people

Today, there is more homelessness in blue, liberal states, such as New York, than in red, more conservative states such as Texas.

“Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results”, which is quoted in Narcotics Anonymous.

We can restore America if we get our heads out of dark places.

“At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before.” -Daniel 4:36

Come on People!

It was a “rapid decent into a major mental health problem” that drove a 59 year-old man to snap out and try to kill his girlfriend but ended up having the tables turned and ended up dead, according to authorities. This outburst was just a “mental health episode”, police said.

http://levittownnow.com/2016/10/15/mental-health-crisis-led-to-fatal-birthday-stabbing/

Holy psychobabble, Batman!

The attacker was described as being peaceful and generous and suddenly, he went berserk? I think I could rule out having an alien taking control of him and attacking his girlfriend. I also don’t believe it was a right wing conspiracy.

Pastor and Christian counselor Jay E Adams had written about a similar situation where a man suddenly snapped out and committed violence. Dr. Adams pointed out that the guy was very angry about things that went wrong, and was mad (as do dogs) at certain people for what they did. He harbored resentment, anger. As Curly of The Three Stooges used to say, he was “a victim of circumstances.”

We don’t have to be a victim of circumstances, but, with a spirit controlled temperament, we can exercise self control, which by the way, is one of the fruits of the spirit.

Volcanoes just don’t suddenly erupt. Pressure builds up from deep inside until it blows. Sometimes volcanoes will spew out steam first. Likewise, pressure builds up in people. Sometimes, in the case of the man who flipped out, people vent out steam. The report said that neighbors had heard the couple yelling in the past, but there was no evidence of domestic violence or mental health problems.

There was a recent eruption at one of the community meals for the homeless and those in need in lower Bucks County, PA.  Ma Barker, a woman in a wheelchair, suddenly started cursing, loudly. Other guests were taken aback. After this initial eruption, she continued yelling obscenities and wheeled over to a guy down the next table over, facing the opposite way. She yelled “if you have something to say to me, say it to my face…” And then she reared up, and kicked the man on his outer thigh, almost falling out of the wheelchair. As was the case with the man with the rapid decent into a mental health problem, it’s believed that no alcohol or drugs were involved.

One problem with today’s society, reflected in modern psychology, is blame shifting, blaming problems on other people. Some psychologists blame criminal or immoral behavior on someone being deprived of something by parents or society in the past.

A folk song illustrates this:

“I went to my psychiatrist to be psychoanalyzed

To find out why I killed the cat and blacked my husband’s eyes.

He laid me on a downy couch to see what he could find,

And here is what he dredged up from my subconscious mind:

When I was one, my mommie hid my dolly in a trunk,

And so it follows naturally that I am always drunk.

When I was two, I saw my father kiss the maid one day,

And that is why I suffer now from kleptomania.

At three, I had the feeling of ambivalence toward my brothers,

And so it follows naturally I poison all my lovers.

But I am happy; now I’ve learned the lesson this has taught;

That everything I do that’s wrong is someone else’s fault.”

Here’s more:

http://gospelway.com/religiousgroups/psychology.php

As I’ve argued in previous blogs, modern psychology is not the answer to our problems, including homelessness.

Bucks County thinks homelessness can be solved by rounding up the homeless and sending them to a mental health center.  As is often the case with modern psychology, it’s a fraudulent diagnosis.

In the 60’s, a popular song cried out “come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another, right now.”

To do this, we need God. There’s a pyramid with humans at the bottom and God at the top. As people go up towards God, they become closer to each other.

“One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, ‘What commandment is the foremost of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ ” -Mark 12: 28-31

She Thinks She’s a Tree!

“Hey buddy! You have to help me. It’s my wife. She thinks she’s a tree!”, said a man who knocked on the door on the Soupy Sales show. “Then why don’t you take her to a psychiatrist?”, Soupy replied.

“Come on dear,” said the frantic man as he pulled a tree past Soupy’s door.

I joke, but there is a serious problem in our country today with substance abuse and other problems, particularly in Bucks County, PA.

Because the church hasn’t been effectively helping people with problems, and out of desperation, people have been turning to secular psychology and psychiatry. Although churches are starting to offer Biblical solutions to problems, it is still ingrained in us that we need “professionals” to handle big problems.

There is a problem with much of modern psychology and you may as well be the woman who thinks she’s a tree who is just dragged away, as chances are you won’t get the help you need.

This is what I found, as did others with mental health clinics associated with the Bucks County health industry. A couple years ago, I lost my job, my dog, my house and had other problems and I psychologically went on a downward spiral, through a virtual black hole. Some of the problems were a result of my own doing. Nonetheless, although the Salvation Army helped me get on the right track, people there palmed me off to Penndel Mental Health, where I was given Paxil, which made me worse. The cognitive behavior therapy gave me a methodology to work things out, but it wasn’t the cure.

I just heard “The Addiction Network” ad come on again, where a bearded guy with glasses and scrubs makes his spiel and Augustly states “addiction is a disease”, inflecting the word “is”.

On pastor and Christian counselor Jay Adam’s website, the notion of drug abuse, and by extension, mental problems being a disease is addressed:

“Mental Illness

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Donn R Arms

Folks let’s get this straight. The mind is not a physical organ. It cannot have a disease, illness, or injury in anything other than a metaphorical sense such as a sick economy or a sick joke.

Typhoid fever — disease
Spring fever — not a disease
Scarlet fever — disease
Bieber fever — not a disease”

For sure, drug “addiction” has physical symptoms. I know from experience that the dope I got from someone in a lab coat has severe withdrawal symptoms. But my anxiety was caused by my mental attitude, precipitated by my habitual ungodly behavior. I got my anxiety, and depression under control and continue healing as I try to submit myself to God and his ways, fighting my fleshly, sinful nature and get my head right. There is some merit to cognitive behavioral therapy, in that what you think results in subsequent behavior and that it is at least concerned with personal responsibility and decision making.

As one of the characters on Monty Python and The Holy Grail said, “it’s only a model.” You have to fill in the blanks in the flowchart in cognitive behavioral therapy.  After evaluating behaviors/outcomes as a result of thinking, you may want to rethink what you did. The flowchart:

 

I fill in “thoughts” with the right stuff, God’s Word, or at least basing my thoughts on scripture.

The 12 Steps, which was started by Alcoholics Anonymous, is the right stuff. It is faith based. More than 90 percent of substance abuse treatment centers used AA principles and more than 30 percent of referrals to AA came from various treatment centers in 1949.

I recently saw the movie The Untouchables again, which depicted the corruption and degradation of the so-called progressive period. By 1949, our society started healing from the social ills, and I use “ill” as a metaphor.

I personally know people who are incessantly off and on in their attempts to stop abusing alcohol and other substances. This happened to a guy during the early years of AA. He even was treated for his problem by Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung. About a year after finishing treatment with Dr. Jung, the man went back to the bottle. The Doc’s prescription was “a spiritual conversion with a religious group” as he was considered a nearly hopeless case. And with God’s help, he overcame!

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

There is hope with God.

Recovery is not instant. In fact, it can take a long time to change bad habits and heal wounds. One bad, sinful problem I’m working on is unforgiveness, harboring resentment against people who grossly wronged me. As the case with any problem, you have to admit you are wrong and allow God to change you. There are people in the homeless and those in need community who, despite concerned, caring people reaching out to them,  continue their bad habits, with is actually besetting sin.

https://www.gotquestions.org/habitual-sin.html

I’ve been trying to help a lung cancer patient who wants to give up and has engaged in irresponsible, destructive behavior. She has, however, made some progress. People who reach out to help people are not responsible for results; just doing the right thing.

The problem with modern psychology/psychiatry is that it tends to treat human behavior like science, the physical world of inanimate objects. This doesn’t work. Contrary to Marxist thought, two different people in the same place and situation don’t always behave the same. This is a materialist view of humans. In fact, I think Marx wrote of “Dialectical Materialism.”

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  Hebrews 5: 15,16

Go Your Own Way Not!

To resolve problems, people need to compromise. This is what a pastor and a homeless advocate is not doing in the saga of the conflict with neighbors and authorities over the homeless in Dover Delaware who have been staying on church grounds and want to build tiny houses there.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Delaware-Dover-Church-Tiny-House-Neighbors-Controversy–392662151.html

Unlike the authorities in Bucks County, PA,, Kent County Delaware has offered the homeless a viable option. When a Kent County zoning official told the church pastor and an advocate about a site that had utilities set up and, unlike the church property, would be a legal homeless site, the pastor and the advocate cursed the woman out and insisted the homeless build the tiny houses on the church property.

http://delawarestatenews.net/opinion/letter-editor-not-fast-dovers-tiny-houses/

The homeless at the Delaware church don’t know how good they have it. When the authorities in Bucks County boot the homeless from an encampment, other than working to get a few of them in the so-called emergency homeless shelter in Levittown, PA, as was the case with a recent homeless eviction, Bucks County offers the evicted homeless nothing. Nothing! Alleged advocates from The Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) in Bucks also did nothing. When the press came and the homeless met with veterans from a local vets group on the eve of the “Veteran’s Memorial” eviction, AHTN didn’t get involved. At all!

In Portland, Oregon, after exposing the get-out-of-Dodge; we don’t care if you have nowhere to go policy (a term I just made up), through shopping cart parade protests, the authorities offered the homeless a compromise. Unlike the rabid pastor (probably a leftist) and the homeless advocate in Delaware, the Oregon homeless went with the offer. What was a relatively small group of homeless people sleeping under bridges, etc., became a homeless community with Tiny Houses. And the formerly homeless manage the place. Some of them have administrative positions in Dignity Village. The whole time they were moving on up from Dignity Camp, and now had the housing like the rest of us.

https://dignityvillage.org/

In Kent County, the homeless advocates give the homeless a free pass and do not hold them accountable for their behavior. In the summer, the police had to come to the church more than once because of noise, fighting, and other problems. As I said in my last blog, the pastor should evict the problem homeless from the property.

Likewise, homeless “advocates” in Bucks County have been lax in dealing with homeless people who act up, such as coming the community meals drunk and creating problems on the AHTN bus. It’s only because one of the guests who attends the community meals took action and at least one other advised the advocates to stop minimizing the problems, and also circumstance, that the problem is starting to be taken more seriously.

Bucks County has the get-out-of-Dodge; we don’t care if you have nowhere to go policy towards homeless encampments when they evict them.

A problem contributing to homeless housing is hobophobia, the irrational fear and distain for the homeless. Unfortunately, the Bucks County establishment doesn’t get to know, nor wants to know, the homeless as individuals. Consequently, they take a “one-size-fits-all” approach. People in the municipal building in the government complex in Levittown, PA bullied a county officer to rid the nearby veterans’ Memorial of the homeless because they feel uncomfortable visiting the memorial with homeless present.

The hobophobia carries over to getting housing for the homeless. A local businessman, for example, tried to acquire property to house the homeless. When the establishment discovered this was for the homeless, it stonewalled the project.

Some of the homeless likewise contribute to hobophobia, which, incidentally, is not tax deductible.

The Delaware pastor and the advocate, as well as some people here in Bucks County, are not helping the homeless by giving certain individuals a pass for bad behavior. For sure, some people have weaknesses and flaws, but the resulting behavior should not be overlooked.

We all have baggage. Those of us without sin should throw the first stone. None of us are, in Jesus’s day or today. Doing what’s right does not come naturally. We need God’s help to do what’s right. I realize I have a few things to work on in my life.

People need to want to be helped, as is the case with the homeless at the Delaware church. Not only do helpers need to set a good example and expect the same good behavior from the homeless as they do from everyone else, not writing them off as hopeless, but show God’s love towards them and gently, like an atomizer, get them on the right track, the Godly track, the train bound for glory.

“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

Clowns to The Left of Me

They have been out. At homeless meals in Bucks County, PA, at SEPTA’s Jefferson Station —everywhere– to register people to vote. There was a report recently from Philadelphia about the homeless voting. Advocates and politicians are making sure the homeless vote.  http://www.fox29.com/news/211016034-story

In a recent report from a Philadelphia news station, a homeless person, I believe a druggie, expressed that he has a problem with Donald Trump. Like most anti Trumpets, he gave no reason why he doesn’t like The Donald. From the anti Trump camp, we mostly hear the usual clichés.

In the news story, a homeless veteran said that because of poor care, while waiting for services, veterans have died. The Veterans Health Administration comes under the executive branch of government.

In Dover, Delaware, there is a conflict between a church that has been allowing homeless people to stay on its property, and neighbors. “It has really nothing to do with being anti-homeless,” said Thomas Farrington, who lives near the church. Neighbors complained that the police often have to break up fights between homeless people and that the music and yelling gets loud. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Delaware-Dover-Church-Tiny-House-Neighbors-Controversy–392662151.html

Farrington said that he isn’t being anti-homeless, yet states “We are not talking about a mother and a couple of children who she lost her job. We’re talking about people that are chronically homeless. They can walk, they can talk, and they can carry a collection plate. But they can’t get a job?”

Although this neighbor may have a legitimate beef about the noise and fights coming from the homeless, he doesn’t understand the homeless. Just because someone is able to work doesn’t mean he/she can find a job. There is a lot of unemployment in our Obama Nation. If elected, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will continue BO’s stinky policies, such as the war on coal, which will put people out of work and exacerbate homelessness.

I personally don’t know the homeless or the situation in Dover like I do in lower Bucks County, PA. What I do know is that there are homeless people here who work, but haven’t worked long enough or make enough money to get a place. I also know that, even if you have a little money, it’s tough to find a place in Bucks County.

In some cases, homeless people here in Bucks County create their own problems. In Queen Anne Park, in the woods on county land, there were complaints about druggies living in the woods. At least one of them in those woods had to be taken to the emergency room.  There are other examples which I’ve written about on previous blogs.

In the case of the Dover church, if indeed the fighting and noise from the homeless is really happening, the pastor needs to make and enforce rules for the homeless who stay at the church property. Individuals who don’t follow the rules should be thrown out so they don’t ruin the privilege for everybody else, which is sometimes the case in Bucks County.

In Bucks County, concerned people have been taking measures to hold unruly individuals accountable for their behavior, particularly at the community meals for the homeless and those in need. This is only fair so the rest of the homeless don’t get a bad name and suffer. As is the title of a song by Eric Burdon And The Animals, “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show”.  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=one+monkey+won%27t+stop+the+show+eric+burdon+and+the+animals&qpvt=one+monkey+won%27t+stop+the+show+eric+burdon+and+the+animals&FORM=VDRE

Just because a few A-holes in the homeless community act up, responsible, decent people in the homeless community should not be marginalized and should be given an opportunity for housing.

Awhile back, when I proposed a plan to Democrat Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia to set aside county land for an official homeless community, she responded that this would jeopardize opportunities for the homeless to get county assisted housing. The public assisted housing takes one to two years. But of course, what does reality matter to someone living in an Ivory Tower?

Marseglia also championed mental health help for the homeless. This sediment has been put into action by the Bucks County Mental Health hustlers, who go here there and everywhere in an attempt to Shanghai the homeless and take their taxpayer funds to keep the county mental health industry in business. Alan Johnson, formerly with Penndel Mental Health Center, but still a county hustler, told me that he doesn’t believe in housing first. Instead, he said people need to get straightened out before they get housing. This presupposes that all homeless have such serious issues that they are not fit to move in anywhere until they avail themselves of the county mental health services. As comedian Pat Paulsen used to say, “BULL FEATHERS!”

Sensible people, including the more industrious members of the homeless community, know that Hillary Clinton or other Democrat, such as PA Representative Tina Davis, the Bimbo of Bucks County who says she has done a great deal for the homeless and will continue to do so, in reality does very little for them other than helping with tasks such as benefits.

Democrats get in the way. PA Governor “Big Bad” Tom Wolf banned drilling for resources on state lands. The Bimbo of Bucks County praised the wolf for saving the day, saving the environment. She admitted that current drilling on state lands fosters a good economy but said that protecting the environment trumps this. Maybe the bimbo and the wolf can pass out pink slips and eviction notices on Halloween.

Hillary Clinton, and the other Democrats, who are clones of one another, sit high above us on their Ivory Towers. Like the Democrats in Bucks County, they don’t care about serving the homeless or other regular people or even accommodate private efforts to help them (efforts to use abandoned buildings and land in Bucks County for the homeless are stonewalled). They mostly just know how to Demagogue and serve themselves and the special interests. They do, however, sometimes throw in facts, such as the ads that attack Pat Toomey for abridging the right for a woman to murder a baby. These ads prompt me not to vote for Pat’s opponent!

“Your wisdom has certainly made you rich… but your wealth has led to arrogance! You compared yourself to a god, so now I, the LORD God, will make you the victim of cruel enemies” – Ezekiel 28:4-7.

Serving God and Man

“Girl, you thought you found the answer on that magic carpet ride last night
But when you wake up in the mornin’ the world still gets you uptight
Well, here’s nothin’ that you ain’t tried To fill the emptiness inside
But when you come back down, girl
Still ain’t feelin’ right” -lyrics from Paul Revere & the Raiders Kicks

The song was written back in 1966, but still applies today. People, especially young people, go to great lengths to get their kicks. Drug abuse has become an epidemic. As the song continues “Kicks just keep gettin’ harder to find…And all your kicks ain’t brinin’ you peace of mind…”
As the 12 Steps program points out, problems with alcohol, and by extension other problems with substance abuse is a result of a character flaw, sin. The Bible has something to say about this. “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” -John 8:34

Indeed, people have become slaves to their “kicks”.

Although socially accepted until recently, smoking is being challenged. Anti-smoking ads have been popping up on the airways. One I particularly like is the one where a father missed his son’s winning layup shot because he had to go outside for a smoke. Many anti-smoking ads are very creative. They are sending the message that smokers are a slave to their habit and it is self destructive.

At community meals for the homeless and needy, people jet out of the meal early to catch a smoke, sometimes even before the meal starts.

No matter what the enslaving habit, people are hurting and in many cases are really ruining their lives. They need help. This is where churches come in. More and more churches are starting programs to help people overcome their destructive behavior.

In my last blog, I discussed how Christians were being oppressed and were being encouraged by the writings in the book of Peter. Before long, Christians took over Rome.

How did this happen? They showed God’s love.

When there was a plague in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, the Pagans, even doctors ran away ran away! The Christians stayed to help the infected people, at their own peril. Many people got well.

http://thefederalist.com/2016/09/20/what-todays-christians-can-learn-from-antiquity-about-living-in-a-pagan-world/

“He answered: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”  -Luke 10:27