Where Are Your Real Friends?

“When you’re down and troubled and need a helping hand”, as Carole King sang, is when you need a friend. When a friend in the homeless and needy community needed help clearing his possessions out of the house that he sold when he was in the hospital, just four people, all 60-ish, came out to take it out of the house and put it in a safe place. It was a tiring task and these true friends were there for him.

https://www.bing.com/search?q=you%27ve+got+a+friend+carole+king&form=EDNTHT&mkt=en-us&httpsmsn=1&refig=bb3bda72dfc941d9a35dd1d9d2ada77b&sp=7&qs=AS&pq=you%27ve+got+a+frien&sk=LS4AS2&sc=8-18&cvid=bb3bda72dfc941d9a35dd1d9d2ada77b&cc=US&setlang=en-US

Over the years, the gracious home owner let homeless people crash at his house for a night or two, free of charge. He also hosted a cook out, even providing the food for the folks who showed up. He also had a deadbeat stay over who, not only welched on the rent, but stole from him. One homeless guy who paid, bailed out before they had to be out of the house, not lifting a finger to help clear the house, but just stopping by at the 11th hour, literally at 11 p.m. one night after others were busing their butts to clear out the house, only to pick up his stuff.

There were other “friends” who took advantage of the guy, one particularly egregious one known as “The Animal.” The animal and her malignant mob damaged the house and stole from the host. They resemble the lowlifes in the movie Trading Places who partied with the homeless street hustler (played by Eddie Murphy) who came into money and wrecked the place and split.

As was the case with The Little Red Hen, everybody wants to eat the bread but no one wants to help make it: https://youtu.be/Od6R3a33bro

The homeless and needy community need to help one another, bearing one another’s burdens. The liberal establishment in Bucks County, PA helps the homeless basically for what they can get out of them. In previous blogs, I related how mercenary and condescending people are towards the homeless, particularly politicians and institutions who say they care for and aim to help the homeless. Talk is cheap!

Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit who is upon you, and will put Him upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you will not bear it all alone.” -Numbers 11:17

It’s up to us to help each other! On many occasions, this was the case in this community of people who have fallen behind in life, both financially and with personal problems.

People have encouraged others when they were going through a rough time, giving moral support, finding out for them how to do things, and in this case, physically helping out. A true friend of the guy who lost his home has been leading the house clearing, acting as a liaison, and working many days to help.

In Buck’s homeless and needy community, there are people going through struggles, with drug, alcohol and other problems. Besides each other, caring people have reached out to the homeless, bringing them food, clothing, and giving them moral support. Churches that host the community meals have offered physical and spiritual food and acceptance, understanding.

Pick your friends wisely! True friends are those who are committed to being there for you through thick and thin. And a true friend sometimes has to practice tough love, not just enabling bad behavior, even when the person he’s trying to help becomes hostile and making enabling destructive behavior a condition of friendship. There are those out there who do enable destructive, even criminal behavior (not mentioning any names, as I’ve already blogged about them) for expediency, sometimes just to artificially make peace and sometimes just for their own self-aggrandizement.

We need to work together, like the homeless characters in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” -Ecclesiastes 4:12

 

I Saw The Best Minds…

The shrinks and the mental health hustlers are whining that they don’t have enough money to treat what they call “substance abuse disorder”, which is psychobabble for choosing destructive, stupid behavior. Why do you think they call it dope? http://levittownnow.com/2017/07/24/opioid-treatment-funds-in-senate-bill-would-fall-far-short-of-needs/

When you are hooked on something, nothing matters except self-satisfaction, whether getting high on drugs, drunk on booze, or even smoking cigarettes. On an episode of Twin Peaks, a guy managed to walk away from the edge of a nuclear blast. He wondered through the New Mexico desert with an unlit cigarette. He asked the first people he came across “got a light? Got a light?” Over and over again.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=got+a+light+twin+peaks+full+video&&view=detail&mid=B13593F8C3E743C3BCFEB13593F8C3E743C3BCFE&rvsmid=21337ED4469438098FB621337ED4469438098FB6&fsscr=0&FORM=VDMCNR

Without more money, Jennifer Smith, Pennsylvania’s acting secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, said druggies will be desperate to support their habit and will end up with a criminal record! I thought that using and possessing drugs was criminal! The drug trade has nothing to do with customers doing dope does it? Maybe this substance disorder is contagious, picked up from exposure from passing drug dealers in public areas.

What’s more, Secretary Smith added, is that this “disorder” creates homelessness. So, according to those on the front lines of the opioid war, if we fork over more money to the official state drug rehab industry, we can prevent homelessness!

Unless you’ve been living on Mars and don’t have satellite transmission, you’ll know that people from all walks of life are doing dope. As Bob Dylan sang “everybody must get stoned!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnoxKXkPqEE

How prophetic was beat poet Allen Ginsberg with the opening to his poem Howl: “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night.

Back in 1955, when the beat poet wrote Howl, freaky people like Ginsberg were on the fringe of society. The Beat Generation sought meaning from life in an industrialize society but concluded that “society sucked.” Today, this view that because life has no meaning, anything goes and it’s cool to escape this though sex, drugs and rock and roll was celebrated at Woodstock and is becoming the new normal –more mainstream.

Dumping money on a problem doesn’t automatically fix it. More and more money to fight the drug war but the problem appears to be getting worse.  Albert Einstein is said to define insanity as doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.

Drug and alcohol abuse can lead to homelessness, but that’s not the only cause. The economy, driven by progressive social engineering, particularly during FDR’s New Raw Deal, wrought massive homelessness. Decent, working men were heavily taxed and businesses were heavily taxed and regulated. Consequently, men became hobos who hopped trains to look for food and work. Government overreach, for example paying the large farm conglomerates to burn crops to increase prices, favored the fat cats at the expense of the average person, the middle class.

The Great Depression was not just an economic depression; it was a moral depression. Leading up to the depression was a world of gangsters and corrupt politicians.

The opioid epidemic is not just about people doing dope; it’s a moral issue, a result of people looking for meaning in life by trying to escape reality, rather than to deal with it.

Rather than making druggies victims and saying they have a disease, besides just saying “no” to drugs, they should get involved in a 12-step program, which addresses the spiritual/moral part of the problem. Medical doctors and nurses can deal with the medical end of the problem.

Historically, the 12-step program has been very successful. I know of one homeless person in Bucks County, PA who went through a 12-step program as has really gotten his act together.

He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.”
-Psalm 107:14

Why’s Everybody Always Pickin’ On Me?

A bird has been getting into the community meals for the homeless and those in need in Bucks County, PA. It has not only been eating the food and beverages there, but has been flying off with some grub to take back to its nest. Must have a big family with all the food and drink it takes home.

At the meals, someone once asked “what is that?” when this creature walked by with large bags. Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No, it’s Birdman! Faster than a speeding bullet, more gall than a telemarketer, able to take off with a ton of food and drink at one meal in a single bound.  Image result for a popinjay

 

The hosts at the Friday night’s community meal kept an eye on this bird. Rather than directly draining the beverage containers into his containers, last night he made trips to his table with cups of beverages, two or three at a time. He went into the kitchen a few times to beg for more hoagies, unsuccessfully.

When the guests came into the dining area, the hosts gave them a bag of chips or Fritos. Birdman, who was behind me, asked how many he could have. The host said one. I turned around and told the host “better watch that guy, he’ll take the whole box.”

As the hosts were cleaning up, I told one of them to watch Birdman because he likes to take the salt and pepper shakers home. “I already yelled at him about that,” the host replied. This old bird, about 70, acts like a childish brat. My daughter was better behaved than Birdman when she was two-years old!

As the guests were getting ready to leave and the hosts were ready to take back the remaining bottles of drink back to the kitchen, Birdman bum-rushed the table. As he was ready to snatch the bottles, as host to him to stop and said the church needs what’s there for an upcoming event. “What’s your problem?”, Birdman snapped, “I’m just getting a drink!” He tone was insolent, hostile.

He returned to his seat and started packing up and said to Queen Nora, who joined him “they treat me like dirt!” I was tempted to respond “that’s because you are dirt,” but I bit my tongue. I’ve been trying to control my tongue. He’s angry because he didn’t get his way. He is a dirty bird, or to use Navy terminology, a sh**bird. Like Charley Brown, he wonders why everybody is picking on him!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UnPzp2lmNk

Birdman and Queen Nora make a very dysfunctional couple.

Birdman is the quintessential noble savage. The noble savage is a relativistic philosophy championed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, where all restraints of civilization or any authority are removed and the self becomes the center of the universe. There are no borders.

Most of the folks who go to the community meals, both homeless and those needy with homes, act civilized and show self-restraint.

Birdman’s behavior comes down to selfishness. He could care less about taking drinks designated for an event to others. When the host told him that, I don’t think it even registered, as there is no world outside himself, except for him to selfishly grab all its gusto.

The host was nice enough to graciously provide for others. There was plenty to eat for everyone. Nobody should go away hungry!

I’m glad that Birdman’s behavior was challenged individually and not the group. Birdman is not homeless, but he exhibits the stereotypical way that some people falsely believe homeless people are. Your status, situation in life does not define your behavior.

After hearing Birdman cry out that he’s treated like dirt, I started thinking that this is an ingredient to make a deranged, angry mass shooter. Maybe we need to keep an eye on him, and not just for looting the meals! This anger, feeling he’s a victim who is being picked on could build up and these captive thoughts translate into action. I hope not.

Modern thinking would label Birdman as being “mentally ill” as being “mad”.

Mad or just bad? http://www.nouthetic.org/images/pdf/Mad_or_Bad.pdf

In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets“. -Matthew 7:12

Birdman’s theme song (to be played when he enters a community meal) https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=The+Bird+is+the+word&qpvt=The+Bird+is+the+word&FORM=VDRE

 

Behind The Curtain

In Bucks County, PA, people don’t like to pay attention to the man behind the curtain. Like the Wizard of Oz, who is hiding his real self behind the curtain, there are people want their real self and motives to be hidden, and there are those who don’t want to see what’s behind the curtain to avoid having their pre-conceived notions, particularly of the homeless, overturned.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Don%27t+look+at+the+man+behind+the+curtain+wizard+of+oz&view=detail&mid=8F32D636D0473DE73D468F32D636D0473DE73D46&FORM=VIRE

When you get past the smoke and mirrors created by organizations in Bucks County who are believed to help the homeless, you see they are not what you think they are.

As was the case with the Wizard after the little dog Toto opened Oz’s curtain, people are wising up to the august institutions in Bucks.  And it’s more about making a buck and do-gooder image than helping people.

There’s a reason that Saint Mary Medical Center stopped funding the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN). I for one wonder what AHTN does with the $100,000 plus it takes in each year. I’m not an accountant and don’t know the micro details, but, as Bob Dylan sang “you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

Update:

$100,000 is what AHTN has lost. That being such a large sum, I had that figure in my mind. Before Saint Mary cut funding, AHTN’s budget, according to the article in the Bucks County Courier Times, was $220,000/year! Wow!  Where does all that money go? Occasionally they put homeless people up in a motel, occasionally transport people to doctors and such, support a rejuvenation station, and take the homeless and those in need to community meals and code blues (winter). Is there a lot of overhead? Maybe lots of it going to those on salary? I’ve seen reports on the various charitable organizations that show how much of each dollar taken in goes to the recipients – those who are being helped. Some organizations give a greater percentage of money taken in that goes to the needy than others. Wonder what this ratio of funds coming in to AHTN go to the homeless and needy and how much is “pocketed.”

I wonder now that AHTN now expects to take in more that $100,000/year if it will slight the homeless and needy as if so, how much. From the AHTN website: “ALERTS: Beginning Monday July 24th through Monday Sept. 4th, Wheels to Meals will be operating with just ONE BUS.  Please be patient as it will take longer for the bus to cover the entire route, including all 4 bus stops. If guests can carpool with a friend, please do. The bus will only make 2 trips maximum each way.”

A few observations over about the past three years: Awhile back, AHTN spent money to have a handicapped assisted bus. One handicapped woman used the handicapped access. It was trumpeted in the media. A reporter came on ATHN’s bus and went to a community meal to interview the woman. Soon after the hype was over, to my knowledge she stopped using the service nor did any other handicapped people. Symbolism over substance.

Speaking of the bus, AHTN labels the transportation to homeless meals “wheels to meals.” Until recently, I thought the service was connected to Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers meals to seniors who have trouble getting out. I could better understand where all the money goes if AHTN was doing Meals on Wheels. Of course, we know that non-profits are not about slick Madison Avenue advertising. Not unless we look behind the curtain.

The curtain was opened in the aftermath of innocent people having their bike locks cut when they were legally parked at the Levittown public library. Because it was believed that some people abandoned their bikes there, all the locks were arbitrarily cut. In this matter AHTN was smoke and mirrors. An “advocate” met with the librarian, who said she made an announcement about the cutting of the bike locks, and that was the end of AHTN involvement in the matter.

It speaks well of the homeless that after this ordeal they didn’t vandalize the library. Behind the curtain you didn’t see the homeless stereotypes! Today in Bucks County, the homeless are treated much like blacks were in the Jim Crow south. Martin Luther King urged his followers not to return wrong for wrong but to engage in passive resistance.

The problem in Bucks County is the caste system, where the distasteful attitude exists where once one is homeless, he can’t become a self-reliant, productive member of society but a ward of the state. Dr. King argued against this mentality: http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4104/martin_luther_king_did_not_argue_for_welfare_dependency

Whereas advocates in other areas have gone to bat when the homeless were wronged, even going to district court and winning, AHTN did nothing when the authorities hustled the homeless from the Veterans memorial only because they were homeless. The district court is right next to the memorial.

Another Bucks institution that doesn’t live up to its reputation is the Levittown Salvation Army Community Center. Back in the day, The Salvation Army ministered to the down and out, largely drunks. They met them where they were, both in location and status in society, as Jesus did with the woman at the well. The booze industry didn’t like the Salvation Army reforming drunks; it cared more about making money than about people. People involved in the booze business attacked The Salvation Army.

Today in Levittown, the Salvation Army does not genuinely care about the homeless. Queen Latifah, who usually hosts the homeless meals, talks down to them, as if they are children or criminals. A volunteer at the center Salvation Army gave her the nick name because she tries to be real hip. He said “she works hard to be black.” Queen Latifah on steroids talks street English (bad English) and makes street gestures. To have the position at the Salvation Army, she had to have at least some education. Author Tom Wolfe called educated, middle to upper class folks who purposely talk and act like the uneducated, lower class as having “a nostalgia for the mud.” But even people in lower stations haven’t always talked that way.  Professor of Economics Walter E Williams, who grew up in a Philadelphia project said that his fellow blacks spoke standard English in the projects.

The attitude back then is why Dr. Williams made something of himself.

In Bucks County, the homeless are hustled in a different way. The recently defunded Homeless Outreach Support Transition Program (HOST), is a hustle. To look at the man behind the curtain, AHTN should bring disco lights to Code Blues and play “Do The Hustle” and introduce a mental health hustler. This may no longer be possible, as HOST, the first stop to put the homeless on the taxpayer funded Disoriented Express, was defunded.

https://youtu.be/V3kE0rvAJhM

I think “Do The Hustle” should be Bucks County’s theme song!

Are The Homeless Mental?

This is getting curiouser and curiouser, Alice! The riddle: What do mental health programs have to do with finding housing for the homeless? Image result for curiouser and curiouser alice in wonderland

Another program that allegedly helps the homeless loses funding. Now St. Mary Medical Center, which provided about 45 percent of funding for The Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN), stopped funding AHTN.

In May, funding for the Homeless Outreach Support Transition Program (HOST), a product of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania was eliminated.  According to mental health hustler Keith Smothers, coordinator for the Projects for Assistance in Transitions from Homelessness Program (PATH), defunding HOST can adversely affect his program.

PATH is a branch of the Penndel Mental Health Center.

Mental health is important for the whole nation right now,” said AHTN board president and co-founder Penny Martin.

What is this fixation on mental health in reference to helping the homeless? It seems to be a given that the homeless are mental. At the Code Blues, where churches give the homeless a warm dry place to stay on a cold night and are fed, Keith has been known to show up, promoted on site by AHTN. In their limited understanding of the homeless, they divine in their infinite wisdom that they are bringing them a vital service. Like the opioid epidemic, for which there are hard facts, AHTN and the Host believe there is a mental health crisis, a problem that is real in their minds. Maybe. Or it’s just a created crisis designed to fund an industry, much like the fabricated “Climate Change” agenda.

Without really knowing and understanding the homeless, these privately and publicly funded institutions presuppose they know what they need. For them, “homeless” is synonymous with mental disorders and other problems such as drunkenness and drug abuse. Evidently, they looked into their crystal ball to learn this. Just as we all know that when aliens from outer space land on earth they say “take me to your leader”, we know that homeless people say “take me to your shrink.”

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Some of the churches not only feed the homeless to minister to their physical needs, but preach the gospel and show concern for their guests to address their spiritual needs. It’s safe to presuppose that we all have spiritual needs, which affects our mental state.

Who are the homeless? People become homeless for various reasons, generally not because they are mental:  http://citizensservingthehomeless.org/theirstories.html

In Burlington Township, New Jersey, the Citizens Serving that Homeless are working on creating a homeless community. Church of The Nazarene pastor Byron Hannon, who said the church has a covenant with the mission, argued that the church can best help meet the physical and mental needs of the homeless. I agree.

People and organizations will decide which causes they will fund. They will shell out money where they believe it is the most useful; they want to be assured the money will be used efficiently to best serve the party they fund. St. Mary Medical Center decided to stop funding AHTN and focus on its “in-house services.”

When I was looking for housing, Allen Johnson, who was a recovery coach with HOST, once asked me if I were willing to be labeled as being so mentally messed up that I could not work for the rest of my life. This is fraud! Mental health hustlers like Allen are only interested in the homeless to shanghai them to get them signed up for tax payer funded mental health programs.

AHTN is begging for donations. I don’t believe they are serving the homeless but rather the mental health industry and their own interests. If I had the money I would not donate to AHTN.

It may not be intentional, but we seem to be draining the swamp in Bucks County, PA.

The homeless shouldn’t go down the rabbit hole to meet the Mad Hatter in Wonderland. Based on observation of people who have gone to Penndel Mental Health Center and testimony from them and from other sources, I believe they become mad after patronizing the center, with its psychotropic dope (one pill makes you smaller…) and psychobabble.

People purporting to help the homeless get housing should stick to finding them housing. Let the church work with them on their mental needs!  http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/psych.htm

And I Won’t Back Down!

“Well I won’t back down, no I won’t back down
You can stand me up at the gates of Hell
But I won’t back down

No I’ll stand my ground, won’t be turned around
And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down
Gonna stand my ground and I won’t back down” -Lyrics from I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty

https://www.bing.com/search?q=i+won%27t+back+down+tom+petty+lyrics+youtube&form=EDNTHT&mkt=en-us&httpsmsn=1&refig=42ca483ddb1946b3c9a621142e9baa91&sp=2&qs=AS&pq=i+won%27t+back+down+tom+petty+l&sk=HS1&sc=8-29&cvid=42ca483ddb1946b3c9a621142e9baa91&cc=US&setlang=en-US

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

To kiss the ass-sets of the LGBTQ click, the US soccer team brought politics into the sport and made players wear rainbow colored jerseys to force them to support LGBTQ pride month. But one young lady stood on principle – Christian values – and walked away from the team just as Lot walked away from Sodom and Gomorrah.  Go girl!  https://conservativedailypost.com/christian-soccer-player-withdraws-from-u-s-team-after-officials-unveil-new-team-jerseys/

Christians need to practice what they preach and not let the world drag us down to its level. Be in the world but not of the world.

In Bucks County, PA, there are churches that don’t practice what they preach, or at least they lack fidelity to scripture, just as there is a non-profit that allegedly advocates for the homeless and is faith based. Their actions show that they look down on the homeless. There was a video to allegedly call attention to the plight of the homeless, as I reported in earlier blogs, underwritten by the (alleged) Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) that used actors to portray the local homeless in a trite, saccharine way. The alleged advocates didn’t even want the homeless near the set.

The homeless showed up anyway. The pizza was left in a place where the homeless wouldn’t be; they didn’t want to leave food for them the same way parks discourage visitors to feed wild animals so they wouldn’t pester visitors. The video crew walked by the homeless like they were mannequins.

A few years ago, the former head librarian at the public library in Levittown, PA ordered the locks cut on bikes legally parked in the bike rack, during library hours because it was alleged that some people had abandoned their bikes. Christine from AHTN met with the librarian to allegedly right this wrong. She told the homeless people that the librarian had made an announcement that the locks were going to be cut and for those with bikes parked there to verify their bikes so the locks wouldn’t be cut. For Christine, this settled the matter. A reliable source told me he was in the library at the time and that no announcement was made.  The fact is, what the library did was illegal – cutting locks of bikes legally parked, and during library hours!  True advocates would use their resources to take legal action on behalf of the homeless who were wronged.

Christine struck again. This time she got two homeless people who were caught having sex in front of the homeless bus stop in front of the library off the hook. But the rest of the group got punished; the bus stop was removed. The bus stop lovers got a place and are on the public dole. These are the kind of folks AHTN and the rest of the Bucks establishment like – wards of the state, the epitome of the homeless stereotype. They maintain their position in the caste system.

At a community meal at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, the bad behavior enabler struck yet again. She helped, along with Redeemer, get another homeless person off the hook. He came to the meal drunk, verbally abusing and physically threatening another guest. The victim, who didn’t even say anything back, became the scapegoat.

I know my views won’t please everyone, but one must stand for what’s right. I won’t back down!

It’s amazing that so many churches today have caved in to the world.  Research shows that that support among Americans for same-sex marriage has grown from 31 percent in 2004 to 55 percent in 2016. This support is growing about the same for churches – for the progressive ones. There is a cultural divide in our country, as is found in the modern church.  http://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2017/june/finding-my-true-self-as-same-sex-attracted-woman-obergefell.html

The true church has failed to positively influence our country. But there are those, like the soccer player who refused to engage in homo-promo, who stand their ground for what’s right.

One such defender of the faith was J. Gresham Machen, who went against the grain, took flack in order to take a stand against liberalism in the church, when churches abandoned Biblical truth and polluted the faith with worldly ideas. Liberalism is not another form of religion, not even a heresy (error in teaching), but apostasy – God is out of the picture. My mother used to call these churches “social clubs.”

https://www.wts.edu/history/

Like many mainline churches, the Presbyterian churches became polluted with liberalism in the 1920s. In the late 1920s, Princeton Seminary started going along in order to get along with the worldly liberal movement. This pollution seeped into our society. In the 20s and 30s we had gangsters, and corrupt officials who fueled them, an economic and moral depression. Honest, hard-working middle-class men, as a result of a progressive society, had to leave their homes and hop trains to look for work and food. And these hobos, who were looking for work, were treated harshly by railroad bulls and, like today’s homeless, were looked down on.

People must stand their ground for what’s right, not turn around, and not let the world pull them down!

Don’t back down, baby. There is no easy way out!

What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor?

“What shall we do with the drunken sailor?” is a simple question to answer. Just “put him in the guardroom until he gets sober!” Other questions, such as what shall we do with the high druggie and the homeless are not so simply answered. Today, these questions are treated like a rhetorical question (for those of you in Doylestown, one that doesn’t require an answer), as, for example, when Jimmy Ruffin sang “what will become of the broken hearted?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vf3ZE7CLg0

The drug epidemic and homelessness keeps lingering on. The drug problem keeps getting worse because people fighting it, especially the government, has made it more complicated than it should be.  This must be by design. As a guy who recently successfully kicked his toxic habit on his own said, “there are recovery and treatment centers that can help people quit using drugs — in fact, it’s a multibillion-dollar industry

http://levittownnow.com/2017/07/07/do-it-yourself-detox-can-be-freddy-krueger-scary-and-usually-fails/

There’s a long waiting line to get into city and state funded drug rehab programs and they are expensive.

The establishment and some of the dopers kin weave a tangled web to explain the problem but they deceive. One thing they got wrong is that the problem is all the drug dealers fault. They think if all the drug pushers are rounded up the problem will be solved. Another thing they got wrong is when they say drug abuse is a disease and it can be treated with just the right drugs, err… medications.

A better way to address the problem is to stop treating a druggie, in the words of Curly of The Three Stooges, as “a victim of soy cum stances.”  It’s a matter of the will.  People make excuses to not face the world and choose to escape through drugs.

The trick is to get to the root of the problem, whether it be drugs, booze, anxiety…   After I lost my job and had other problems, I suffered from anxiety and depression. I allowed myself to be roped into treatment at the Penndel Mental Health Center, Penndel, PA.  I was put on Paxil. It made me worse! My hands started shaking almost more than they did when I thought we took a direct hit when I was passing up ammo at the bottom of the gun chain on a destroyer when I was in combat in Viet Nam. The difference is on the destroyer my hand tremors lasted just a few minutes, whereas my hands shook almost constantly when I was on Paxil. The clinic and someone in the mental health industry who went to the Salvation Army Community Center, Levittown, PA told me it was OK – it just takes time to break in.

After a few months using the legal dope I stopped cold turkey, and suffered withdraw.  My near constant hand shaking abated and I kicked that bad habit.

I found a simpler way to deal with my problem.   I did some research and found that dark chocolate does the same thing as Paxil and more, and with no fear of withdraw. Kava tea is a natural relaxant, and, like dark chocolate, if you use moderation there are no ill effects.

Problems such as anxiety and depression is not just a matter of physical, medical symptoms. It’s also a result of the way one thinks. Knowing that God watches over you and that you have His guidance is the way to fight problems such as anxiety and depression. It’s a gradual process as we try to match His will with ours. When we do we are on the road to recovery as we become restored to the way God made us.

Three and ½ years after I got really messed up – not a result of drugs or alcohol, and after letting the Lord direct my paths, my condition improved. I got back on the right path. I have to just look in occasionally to see what condition my condition is in.  Yea, oh-O Yea…my condition was in.

As a result of churches passing on their responsibility to help people with problems to worldly psychologists and psychiatrists, Jay E Adams started the Biblical Counseling Movement.  https://revolfaith.com/2014/12/05/the-biblical-counseling-movement-origins-and-philosophy/

People become homeless for different reasons. Not all of them are there because of a drug habit. Homeless people are just a microcosm of society. Today’s drug epidemic hits all communities, not just the homeless. Some druggies just happened to slip into the homeless community.

To resolve the homeless problem, one obstacle to overcome is hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless. Hobophobia permeated the meeting held at the Church of The Nazarene in Burlington Township, New Jersey between the Citizens Serving The Homeless and the local community back in February when they discussed the plan to build a homeless community.

Locals at the meeting feared the homeless going through trashcans, panhandling, attacking people, and generally problems as a result of drug addiction. Here’s a link that sheds light on who the homeless really  are:  http://citizensservingthehomeless.org/myths.html

Where ever you have people you have problems, and the homeless are no exception.  Anyone who comes to the shelter who has a substance abuse problem will be ministered to, like everyone else. Citizens Serving The Homeless will need to provide adequate supervision for them. They are not just going to build a flop house but I trust they will protect the community from problems.

Drug abusers, the homeless and those helping them need to trust in and follow God. His precepts are the model we need to follow to help one another.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”  –Proverbs 3: 5-6

A Sobering Time

Funerals are a sobering time. It’s a time to pause from the activities of life, a time to reflect on what’s really important.

People came together Friday evening to honor the life of the late Crystal, sister to many in the homeless and needy community in lower Bucks County, PA. Even people who were at odds with one another extended olive branches.

When I mentioned to a guy I’ve known a few years how Crystal, who was having medical problems, instead of thinking about herself asked me how Sandi,  for whom stage IV cancer was recently put at bay, and whom I’ve been taking care of for 2 ½ years, was doing, he said “that’s the way she’s always been.”

This is a time to think about how we treat one another, why we become angry and to forgive and not harbor resentment, something I’ve been working on. It’s a time to not only be reconciled to one another but to God. This order actually should be reversed. We need to be reconciled to God in order to be reconciled to our fellow human beings.

A long time ago, as mentioned in the book of Philippians, Euodia and Syntyche were at odds. This contention between the two women  greatly concerned the apostle Paul. He appealed to his brothers and sisters in the group to help them reconcile their differences. Their differences affected the whole group. Paul exhorted Euodia and Syntyche to work out their differences and unite through the Lord.

I plead with Euodia and plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.” -Philippians 4: 2,3

https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/all-women-bible/Euodias

Paul encouraged these women, who served in the early church, to be of the same mind in the Lord.

In time, Euodia and Syntyche worked together in perfect harmony.

Jesus says to be humble like Him and condemned selfishness, underscoring it with the words “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition” and commands us to think of others more highly than ourselves.

There is more than life here on earth. It is a season, a way stop to our final destination. We don’t know why things happen in life, but God is in control.

Life is a journey, and we must use our time here wisely to do God’s will, further the kingdom, serve God and our fellow human beings.

A book that helped me put life into perspective is John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pilgrim%27s_Progress

This is a tough time for the circle of friends, but especially for Angel, the widower.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  -Isaiah 41:10