Swim Upstream

“Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.”

– W. C. Fields

Before the plaintiff went into the district court in Warminster, PA recently, a representative from the Redeemer Lutheran church, one of the defendants, remarked to the plaintiff “I just wish we could drop the whole thing”.

The expectation was for the plaintiff to just go with the flow, just as a dead fish can do. The mores in Bucks County, PA, as in Washington DC under the progressives, are that there is one standard for the August institutions such as the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) and the Redeemer Lutheran church, and another for regular people, including the homeless.

The so-called justice postured himself to look like he was seeking justice, but in reality just wanted to dispose of the case without even listening. He said there was not enough information to create a  defense. In other words, he didn’t want to hear it. Evidently he views AHTN and Redeemer as pillars of society and beyond reproach.

It’s ironic that a Lutheran church acts as if it is infallible, not subject to question. Founder Martin Luther swam upstream and challenged the Catholic church, where he was a priest. He started a movement where anyone from any walk of life could challenge the clergy. Martin Luther tacked his 95 Theses, his arguments against church abuses, on the Wittenberg Door.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninety-five_Theses

If being asked by police to leave the community meal at Redeemer was the only thing, the plaintiff told the church representative who asked him to drop the manner, he would have. The victim of false accusations challenged the church and AHTN after he was told, after driving to the next community meal at the church, that he was not allowed at the meal. Initially, a church representative didn’t give him a reason, but once pressed, he said the plaintiff was not allowed to the meal because he was saying bad things about the homeless.

I don’t know exactly what Christine Jandovitz, from AHTN, told the hosts when she and the homeless drunk who verbally assaulted the plaintiff and others, and tried to beat him up but was physically restrained, went to the other side of the room, but it seems Kafkaesque that someone was banned from a community meal just for saying things people don’t like. There was false witness, vicious gossip that many members of the homeless community parroted, and they became hostile and ready to attack a scapegoat. There were lies circulating that the plaintiff was a sexual predator and a pedophile.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Kafka#.22Kafkaesque.22

Neither AHTN nor people from Redeemer Lutheran talked with the plaintiff to get both sides of the story in an attempt to find the truth (which will set you free).

The homeless drunk who created the problem and disturbed the meal was allowed to come back to the meal at Redeemer as well as ride the AHTN bus. It wasn’t until he created a problem at another meal that he was banned from the bus – for just two weeks. In time, he created problems at other meals, culminating where he knocked the plaintiff down, cutting his head. The drunk fled the scene but after a few weeks was captured. He’s now in the Bucks County jail.

You don’t resolve problems by ignoring them, pretending everything is alright. This way you are living a life of quiet desperation.

The representative from Redeemer who asked the plaintiff to drop the case, asked him if he plans to sue the whole church. “The church is a building; you can’t sue a building,” the plaintiff explained.

The church, established by Jesus, is a place to worship God and his commands. The 9th commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” -Exodus 20:16

Nobody is beyond reproach. Just ask the judge, public safety director and Langhorne deputy constable recently charged by the feds!

Yes We Can!

“Now’s the time for all good men
To get together with one another
We got to iron out our problems
And iron out our quarrels
And try to live as brothers”

-Lyrics from The Pointer Sisters Yes We Can Can

Tuesday night at the community meal for the homeless and those in need, a homeless woman I hadn’t seen for ages showed up. More than a year ago, I had given her hand and foot warmers. Since I saw her, she’s been working seven days a week. Thinking she would have had a place in September, she gave the warmers to another homeless person. Now that she cut back to five days a week, she said she’ll have time to find a place.

It’s individual initiative and responsibility that will resolve the homeless problem, not the government, especially in Bucks County, PA. The county will not only not provide housing for the homeless in a timely manner, but it stonewalls efforts by private caring entities to build shelter for the homeless. The county Augustly states that it offers the homeless county assistance, which takes a year or two. The alleged “emergency shelter” has a months long waiting list.

Much of the problem in providing housing for the homeless is hobophobia, the irrational fear and disdain for the homeless. In a Monty Python’s Flying Circus skit, a man’s home, etc., are destroyed and he goes to collect on the insurance. The insurance agent tells him that his policy explicitly states that the policy will not be paid. The man starts to cry. “I hate to see a grown man cry”, the insurance guy says, and adds “go on, shove off!” This is the way the homeless are treated in Bucks County.

One size doesn’t fit all. At the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Levittown, officials have told the homeless, although they were obeying the rules, they can’t hang around the memorial. One official told them that people didn’t feel comfortable coming to the memorial with them there. On one occasion, a homeless woman who had COPD stopped in the WIC building at the municipal building near the memorial to temporarily get out of the cold after being dropped off from Code Blue. She was booted! The government hacks there told her that she couldn’t stay there when there were no other customers. It was a bogus reason, much like the rigged “hearing” at the district court in Warminster where a victim of false witness filed a suit against the Redeemer Lutheran Church and members of the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN).

The suit was triggered by a homeless drunk who verbally abused and physically threatened a man which resulted, instead of blaming him, blaming the victim. Because AHTN and Redeemer Lutheran rubber stamped the lies from the homeless Lynch mob, the victim was banned from the bus and not allowed back to the church community meal at Redeemer.

It was only because the victim and others acted against outrageous behavior, which disrupted meals and put others at risk, that something was done about the outrage.

The perpetrator is now in jail. As one of the hosts said at Tuesday night’s community meal, the offender will now be able to think about his sinful behavior. He had caused a ruckus the last time he went to that meal, and the host, before being informed the offender was in jail, said he would call the police if the guy showed up at this dinner.

To make it out of seasonal problems such as homelessness, you have to deal with the situation in a Godly manner.

People are homeless for different reasons. Some have substance abuse or other attitude problems, and others are there because they lost their job. In some cases, people who didn’t have substance abuse problems develop them after being homeless. This is the sinful way of handling your circumstances.

One formerly homeless person told that he was able to get out of his situation by taking on personal responsibility for his actions. He added “they don’t like that.” I’m not sure who the “they” were, as we were talking over people at the table I was sitting as he walked by and I didn’t ask for details, but “they” could mean Penndel Mental Health Clinic, AHTN – any liberal institution in Bucks County.

According to the PA drug and alcohol programs secretary, and that nudge who comes on TV to hawk The Addiction Network, substance abuse is a disease and not a moral failing or a weakness. To quote the late great General Norman Schwarzkopf, this is “bovine scatology. “

Thinking substance abuse and other mental problems is a disease is the reason places such as Penndel Mental Health Center uses various substances to cure the disease, just like giving people a flu shot.

Taking on personal responsibility for your actions brings blessings and freedom.

Not all homeless people are drunks, druggies, and nuts. Many of them are caring, industrious people who are movin’ on up. And I’m not just talking materially.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.  Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.  For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!  Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey — whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?  But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.  You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.  What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:12-23)

 

The Only Thing Necessary

Just as a salvo was fired in the cultural war with the recent election, people who genuinely care about the homeless have been pushing back against the elites in Bucks County, PA who don’t want to hold homeless people accountable for their behavior. Although at the district court today the case against members of the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN), the Redeemer Lutheran Church and an individual church member was dismissed, no only is the fight in court not over but it sent a message that good people will not just do nothing when a wrong is committed.

A default judgment against T-Rex, the homeless drunk who started the problem when he verbally and physically attacked the victim who filed the suit in district court and others was entered, and moved to the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. T-Rex remains in the Bucks County Prison.

The Only Thing Necessary for Evil to Triumph?

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

 

The travesty that occurred at Redeemer Lutheran was influenced by false witness, a spark that was ignited by a formerly homeless woman who spread lies about the victim. She told people in the homeless community that the guy was a sexual predator. When I started looking after a sick homeless woman, she told her to watch out for me because I “grab homeless women”, implying that I exploit them. When we used to hang out at a fast food restaurant, she tried to get my friend to sit with her – “with the girls” on the other side of the restaurant.

The gossip also told me to keep from friend away from the victim of her lies, because he is a predator.

There were also rumors that the victim of T-Rex betrayed the locations where homeless people were camping. One such area, behind the Levittown Public Library and the Homeless Shelter, was cleared out, according to Chief Bucks County Ranger Steve Long, because of drug use and warrants against people camping in the woods. Another homeless eviction where the victim was accused of “ratting out” the homeless also has no basis in fact.  LevittownNow.com reported that neighbors in that area had been complaining about the homeless in those woods.

http://levittownnow.com/2014/11/27/homeless-struggle-in-camp-behind-businesses/

Sometime after the news report T-Rex’s victim, who was at a district court for another reason, sat in on a hearing about evicting the homeless from the woods behind Michael’s Carpet.

At that fateful community meal at Redeemer Lutheran, http://redeemerlutheranpenndel.org/ the guy talked with some friends about the pending eviction, and mentioned that the RV, that was allegedly donated, was calling unwanted attention to the homeless camp. T-Rex, who was sitting a few seats away, who was clearly drunk, made snarky remarks. “What kind of a life do you have,” T-Rex snarled, “that you go to court hearings?”

At one point T-Rex started cursing at the victim. Noticing my look of disapproval, T-Rex threatened to jump over the table and beat me up. “Don’t look at me like that!”, he demanded.

A woman who was there with her husband, politely but firmly told T-Rex “you are spoiling my dinner.”

“I don’t care; f*** you”, T-Rex snapped.

T-Rex closed in and started lunging at the man, who was civilly talking with friends. A few men at Redeemer Lutheran had to physically restrain T-Rex.  As one man was retraining the reptile with a record, T-Rex snarled “who do you think you are? Don’t touch me!”

At one point, T-Rex was ushered to the opposite end of the big room, accompanied by Christine and Dave from AHTN. The police came. Nobody asked the victim or anyone sitting at his table what happened. But the police told the victim he had to leave immediately, because the host, whose members talked with Christine, said he had to leave.

The victim was banned from the bus “for his own protection.” Yet T-Rex was not.

There was also gossip circulating among the homeless community that the victim was bad mouthing the homeless. This further inflamed the homeless community’s  Lynch mob mentality.

The next time the victim went to the community meal at Redeemer Lutheran, he was told he was banned. After pressing the host for the reason, he said it was that he was saying bad things about the homeless. Another church member who worked in the food pantry echoed these sediments.

I didn’t hear what Christine said to the host, but somehow Redeemer Lutheran got the idea that the victim was saying bad things about the homeless.

T-Rex continued to go to the meals at Redeemer Lutheran.

At a later community meal at another church, T-Rex came up behind me and yelled “keep my name off your f-ing blog!” AHTN members and some hosts were sitting at the table. Hearing this, Barbara from AHTN, who was in the dark about the dangerous monster, said that T-Rex should be banned from the bus.

He was.

For awhile, T-Rex acted civilly, but it didn’t last long.

He got banned for another two weeks.

The day he the ban was over, he acted up at another meal, this time knocking the man who filed charges against him, the church, and AHTN to the ground, and cut his head. Someone called the police. A homeless guy told the woman not to call the police.

T-Rex was captured after being on the run for weeks and landed in jail.

AHTN knew about T-Rex’s behavior for some time, but just kept slapping him on the wrist, not holding him accountable for his behavior, as did Redeemer Lutheran. By fiat, these institutions act like if you charge a homeless person with a crime you are going after all of them. Evidently, AHTN didn’t want to fall out of favor with the homeless Lynch mob, and the church went along with them, and created a scapegoat. By their actions, AHTN is keeping the homeless down, exactly where they want them, cattle that keeps them in business.

AHTN will not keep law and order in the homeless community, so Marshal Matt Dillon came to town to stop the Lynch mob.

By not holding the homeless accountable for their behavior, the homeless will think that criminal behavior is acceptable. They are now finding that there are consequences for bad behavior.

What’s sad is that the homeless get hurt. Today, AHTN and Redeemer Lutheran were let off the hook but T-Rex was given a default judgment. He didn’t have the opportunity to defend himself. He was not given a certified civil complaint until Friday, hence he was not given enough time to respond, unlike the ones who helped enable his behavior, who had plenty of time to react and whose wrongdoing was not taken seriously by the district judge.

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. —Proverbs 18:13

Be At Peace

This is the season when we think of peace.  “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” -Romans 12:18

Peace is not necessarily the absence of conflict. Jesus drove the money changers, who were much like the crass marketers who use Christmas as a money making racket, from the temple. The temple authorities Jesus routed from the temple were thieves, who mainly ripped off widows, whom he told us to help. Jesus ran the money changers and their sheep and oxen off with a whip, overturned their money tables and knocked all the dove sellers off their seats.

“My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves,” he exclaimed.

The Community Meals for the homeless and those in need in Bucks County, PA have been peaceful lately. It’s a place where people can congregate, enjoy a quiet, peaceful meal and have good fellowship. It’s a place where friends meet and help one another.

The Blue Meanies who just about spoiled Pepperland were neutralized by playing Beatles music. This only works in a fantasy movie.  In the real world, this happens when people step up and report wrongdoing. This was the case with a homeless man who, as W.C. Fields said, only drinks on two occasions; when he’s alone, and with other people. He came to community meals drunk and disorderly, verbally and physically assaulted other guests and has landed in the Bucks County prison, where he is awaiting judgment. One of the victims plans to ask the judge to give the man the option of getting treatment rather than being sentenced to jail time or a fine. The victim wants the problem resolved, not payback.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Meanies_(Yellow_Submarine)

To foster peace, you have to start with yourself. Those who believe and follow the Lord acquire the fruits of the spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

-Galatians 5:22-23

With God as the Captain of your life, you will find peace. He will get you through all the troubles of this life and will make you more like him.

Peace on earth goodwill to men. Christmas is not about grabbing gifts and retail sales charts, but about Jesus coming to earth in human form to take us out of the dark, sinful world and into the light of his kingdom.

This is what Christmas is not about: http://levittownnow.com/2016/12/07/police-log-christmas-lights-removed-burglary-happens-while-homeowner-drops-off-kids-more/

To find peace, many people, especially in places such as Bucks County, have turned to drugs and alcohol. Also food, like the gangster Jabba Hutt of Star Wars fame. With these vices, the peace is only a temporary high. People frantically look for a fix, whether it be dope, alcohol, cigarettes, or food. And they crave more and more just trying to break even, usually ruining their lives.

The conventional wisdom of the establishment is that drug addiction, for example, is a disease and not any fault of the abuser. Since it is a disease, maybe the establishment could give people an annual shot to prevent this problem, the way we give flu shots.

Recently, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Drug and Alcohol programs claimed that “addiction is a brain disease, not a moral failing.” That nudge, as my friend calls him, from the Addiction Network who has been coming on TV ads said “addiction is a disease” and added on the most recent ad that it “is not a weakness.”

True peace is found in a relationship with God, the only one who can save us from our insanity. We become dysfunctional when we turn from God.

They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. -1st Peter 3:11

 

 

 

Movin’ On Up

It’s not exactly a deluxe apartment in the sky, but two formerly homeless families have moved into permanent homes thanks to Family Promise of Lower Bucks County and the volunteers who have helped them move on up.

This is how they do it!

Churches in lower Bucks County, PA take turns housing families. Unlike the Bucks County (alleged) emergency shelter, where there’s a waiting list to get into this flop house, or the local recovery flop houses, which have revolving doors with drunks and druggies going through, Family Promise participants are serious about finding their way out of homelessness. Family Promise screens their participants and doesn’t put up with any monkey business.

Family Promise takes the guests from the churches to a day center, where people can take care of business, such as laundry, send their kids to school, get job training, help searching for jobs, and counseling.

Part of a national organization, Family Promise moved into lower Bucks County early April, 2016.  Family Promise is a faith based organization that coordinates its efforts with churches to help homeless families get back on their feet. The organization helps families stay together and to improve their lots.

http://www.fplb.org/

People are homeless for different reasons. In some cases it’s a result of substance abuse, which has become an epidemic, especially in Bucks County. People are also homeless as a result of a job loss due to a poor economy which, although not as bad as it was during the late 20s and 30s, it’s still bad in our Obama Nation under progressive rule. But there’s a change a coming, as America has just said “no” to progressivism this election.

It’s Americans helping Americans, as is the case with Family Promise, that will resolve the homeless and the drug and alcohol problem. To resolve these problems, personal responsibility and achievement should be fostered.

Instead of handouts, people need to be given hand ups. Instead of writing off the homeless as never-do-wells and permanently giving them public assistance, putting people on disability without a good reason, and stashing them away in mental health clinics, they need encouragement to take on responsibility and find a decent job. The conventional wisdom of the Bucks County establishment is that most, if not all of homeless people have mental problems.

Homeless people certainly have problems, just as we all do, and being homeless is a strain. You don’t need no stinkin’ mental health clinic, such as the Penndel Mental Health Center, with their dope and psychobabble, to help people. What the homeless need is wise counsel and guidance, concern, and encouragement to do the right thing.

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary decreed that drug abuse is not the fault of the user but is just a disease and not a result of a character flaw.  So we treat drug abuse the same way we treat the flu, and just give druggies a shot to cure them. With this view, people are just a bunch of organs and synapses passing electrical currents, like the monster Victor Frankenstein created. We are a special creation, created in the image of God, but not according to those who are full of psychobabble.

http://levittownnow.com/2016/11/29/surgeon-general-releases-first-report-addiction/

We are a special creation capable of moral judgments of right and wrong, and can take responsibility for our decisions. We have free will.

The best we can do for the homeless is give them the opportunity to help themselves.

“And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: [yea, though he be] a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.”  — Leviticus 25:35-36

The Light of Christmas

On my way out of church, where I was reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, it wasn’t exactly silent night as I entered the secular world. “All I want for Christmas…” blasted hackneyed, loud lyrics from a distance in the neighborhood.

What is Christmas about?

It’s certainly more than about the surface glitter. It is, however, about gifts and light. The birth of God’s son Jesus is the Lord’s gracious gift to us- His mercy – to take us out of the darkness of a sin filled world and into God’s light. He lifted the weight of sin and gave us meaning and purpose.

Jesus came down from high above. It wasn’t about ego, but He humbled himself and was born in a manger and came to save and serve us. Those who believe in Jesus follow him and serve others.

Again this year, the Marrazzo family will serve a free dinner for the homeless on Christmas day between 3 and 5:30 p.m. in Penndel.  Saint Mark in Newtown is also serving a free meal on Christmas day, at 2 p.m. This is Christ like – graciously serving the homeless on Christmas day.

As is the case with other meals, the Christmas day meals are more than a meal; they are a place where people can go for good fellowship.

The community meals for the homeless and those in need were in darkness for a season. Sinful behavior started ruining the meals, the way the Grinch tried to steal Christmas. Because  people stood up for what is right and did  something about the outrageous behavior of a guest who selfishly came to meals drunk and verbally and physically abused others, there has been peace at the meals.

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

There is a light at the end of the tunnel; there is hope for the homeless.

Recently, a homeless man I befriended several months ago joyfully told me that he had gotten a room. He told me that the Lord provides. He overcame substance abuse problems. In the past, he didn’t have a decent job and became homeless. Applying himself, he worked through an agency and now has a decent job, has direction and has found peace.  Put off the old and put on the new. The man saw the light.

In God’s love we find true peace.

We are approaching the light of Christmas, as we are in advent, the time to prepare for the first coming of Christ.

The four themes of advent:

  • HOPE. We have an inheritance reserved in heaven, a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3-5).
  • PEACE. We will love life and see good days if we turn from evil and do good and if we seek peace, for the Lord watches over the righteous and hears their prayers (1 Peter 3:10-12).
  • JOY. We have inexpressible joy even though we have trials because our faith is being tested and proven genuine. The end of this faith is the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:6-9).
  • LOVE. We can love one another with a pure heart because we have been born again through the Word of God which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:22-23).

http://odb.org/2011/12/01/advent-themes/

This Christmas, as the Reverend Franklin Graham said, the Lord saved us from a Godless, atheistic agenda.

https://hellochristian.com/5113-franklin-graham-the-lord-saved-us-from-a-godless-atheistic-agenda#.WCsOeL65LG8.facebook

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

2 Chronicles 7:14