Renewing Our Heritage

 

 

 

The Push Out The Pusher campaign in Bucks County, PA is in full swing.

http://levittownnow.com/2017/09/28/push-pusher-campaign-hosting-food-truck-event/

The county has pulled out all the stops to bust these bandits who are solely to blame for the epidemic that’s been taking away our youth.  Our youth are victims, just as JJ (Jimmy Walker) was on an episode of the 70s comedy show Good Times. When the parents were away, JJ was in charge. He got busted for having a wild party, but he was a victim.  “Some people broke into our apartment and forced us to party with them!,” he exclaimed.

Seriously, the root of the heroine epidemic, like other social maladies, is that our culture pushed out God.

When I was in elementary school, with Fred Flintstone in the Yabba Dabba Doo school district, the teachers prayed with students and read the Bible to the class. We didn’t have school shootings and other such problems in the schools. Now students don’t read and write so much as they riot, especially in the colleges.

After decades of pushing God out of the schools, now students, youth leaders and others are bringing God back in.

A grass roots movement, See You At The Pole (SYATP) started in 1990 with ten students praying at their school. Now millions of students worldwide meet at the pole before school to pray.

The youth leader at my church first took her students to the pole at a public school five years ago. On Wednesday, September 27th she met these students and others at the pole for the annual event, which globally is held the fourth week in September.

During the day, the youth leader said on her Facebook page, the students who prayed at the pole confidently answer people who ask “what were you doing outside by the flag pole?”

Students who go to SYATP end up going to church and youth groups. Lives have been changed, people have grown in their relationship with Christ, and teachers, principals and school staff like what SYATP is doing at their school, the youth leader wrote.

Since the 60s, we have been in a culture war. Bringing God back into the schools is a salvo fired in that war. Unlike some movements, this side in the war is not violent but it is about peaceably changing hearts and minds by bringing people to Jesus.

The roots of the attack on our heritage, our Christian traditions go back to the French Revolution. The erosion of our culture started creeping in, progressing during the 20th century, but after a respite after WWII, the Storming of the Bastille occurred during the late 60s. https://wigtunes.wordpress.com/tag/francis-schaeffer/

By the 70s, as a result of the influence of the counter culture, we started losing our civil liberties. Political correctness and other oppressive regimes crept into our culture.  Evangelist Francis Schaeffer wrote in the 70s that, as freedom degenerated into licentiousness, to keep order, either we will have a police state to control people from the outside, or we will establish a Reformed Christian consensus where people will control themselves from the inside.

See You At The Pole is a step in this direction. We shall overcome!

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

Out of The Ashes

While people wander around lower Bucks County, PA, scrambling for a place to stay, there are vacant properties throughout Bucks County. One such property is the old Sunbury Farms on Newportville Rd in Bristol Township. It was up for auction April 21, 2016, but now it’s abandoned. The auction sign is still up!  

The township had plans for the property. According to an article in the Courier Times, March 30, 2016: 

It’s a historic house and we don’t have the funds to bring it up to what it should be,” said township council President Craig Bowen. “We get no return on it. The taxpayer wasn’t getting a return on it.”  

Bowen said he hopes the property will bring in more funds than its appraised value, which he estimated at $650,000. “It needs to be fixed up,” he said, adding that the township has a wish that whoever buys it will return it to its “pristine condition.”  

Pristine condition? Now it sits, gathering moss. How about having some select homeless people move in, fix up and maintain this historic house. And give tours. Oh, I forgot the caste system in Bucks County. Once you are homeless, you will always be homeless. And hopeless, according to the conventional wisdom of Bucks County. 

http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/local/historic-sunbury-house-in-bristol-township-going-up-for-auction/article_82e4efaa-f526-11e5-a3e5-339a5bb8b0a8.html 

But wait! There’s been rumors over the years that this 18th century house is haunted. Maybe, with Halloween approaching, we could round up some homeless people for a haunted house. Maybe we could find some that were dropped off near the homeless shelter after Penndel Mental Health Center got done doping them up and their taxpayer funds ran out. As they may have to wait for months, you may be able to round them up.  

The haunted house could be populated by the homeless. Bristol Township would offer them booze, and Penndel Mental Health could make sure they are doped up. The haunted house tour will be called “House of The Walking Brain Dead”, sponsored by Bucks Builds Bums. 

Bristol Township, as it is infested with Democrats, may be purposely letting the property run down, and with the rest of the libs, destroy the established order and then usher in a New World Order. When the Sunbury Farms historic building is plowed under, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony. George Soros, the guest of honor, will cut the ribbon. 

Instead of having The Phoenix rise out of the ashes, Bristol Township will release pigeons. 

 

 

Please Sir, I Want Some More!

“Please, sir, I want some more”, begged Oliver Twist for more gruel in Charles Dickens novel of his namesake.  This was a legitimate request from an underfed child in a baby farm.  Today, however, there are people in Bucks County, PA who beg for funding they really don’t deserve. 

Saint Mary Medical Center decided that the (alleged) Advocates for the Homeless And Those in Need will have no more funding. Saint Mary is – I know from personal experience-  very gracious. They stopped funding AHTN for a good reason.   

Now they are on an official beg drive: Two of our volunteers have given us the challenge to raise $5000, we need your help! 

As you may know, AHTN lost funding from one of our major supporters and because of this, we now have a $100K shortfall. Our AHTN Board members and staff have been working hard to find alternate ways to raise this money back, but it won’t come quickly. 

One way in which you can help is to donate any amount to AHTN and we will receive a matching gift from two generous volunteers. They will match up to $5,000, please help us raise $10,000 with this Volunteer Matching Gift Challenge!   

http://www.ahtn.org/ 

Saint Mary donated $100,000 of AHTN’s $220,000 budget.  

What does AHTN do with all that money? Occasionally they put homeless people up in a motel, pay their first month’s rent, 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?  I think so. Quite possibly their own pockets! 

Awhile back, I asked for AHTN’s help with a non-profit a friend and I wanted to start to make more housing available for the homeless in lower Bucks County. I thought we could team up with AHTN. When I emailed AHTN’s president to ask for help to create more housing, she responded that it was impossible and that 24/7 security would be needed.  

My partner in the proposed non-profit “Gimme Shelter for the Homeless” has a business/marketing background and I have a background in writing.  I was going to be the grant writer. A grant writer writes a pitch to potential donors, tells them how the money us going to be used in order to convince them to donate. I read a book about grant writing. When I emailed someone associated with AHTN who is a professional grant writer for tips, she didn’t even answer me!  

Except for churches in the area, the establishment doesn’t genuinely care about the homeless and doesn’t want to put themselves in their shoes or even want to understand them. Awhile back, AHTN made a video about the homeless, using actors! 

Even the local Salvation Army contributes to the negative attitude towards the homeless. When I volunteered there, the public relations gal, The Countess of Carlisle, got into a conversation I was having with another volunteer where I complained about how the homeless were discriminated against in the Levittown public library. The Countess Augustly said that people who visit the library don’t like the homeless being there.  

Unfortunately, these opinion leaders have influenced policy towards the homeless in Bucks County, people who should be held to a higher standard.  

Little help from the establishment for the homeless, but people who have lost kids to drug abuse, some of them government big shots, have been sucking up our taxpayer money! We fork out funds for dopes (why do you think they call it dope), a choice they made as a result of a character flaw. And the state sponsored initiatives generally fail and are just a waste of our money. http://levittownnow.com/2017/09/20/pennsbury-steps-efforts-to-fight-drug-abuse-mental-health-issues-into-high-gear/ 

The churches can do a much better job of helping broken people become whole. Biblical counsel is sufficient for any human problem that is not physical/medical. And they are not in it for the money. 

I am a free market conservative, against big government because the government tends to pick to distribute funds on who yells the most and has political power/pull.  In a free market, people are free to help those whom they choose to help. The government tends to base its decisions on a mob mentality. And special interests. Often money and attention doesn’t go to those who deserve it the most. 

XYZ Affair   –   France wants a bribe
 

  • France says, “Pay us money and we won’t attack you.” 

“Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.”
— Representative Robert Goodloe Harper 

 

Applied to Bucks County: 

  • Jeff says, “Give us help to shelter the homeless” 

 

“Pay us money to fight the drug epidemic and protect snowflakes 

Millions for the government drug and mental health hustler programs but not one cent for the homeless.”                       –Bucks County Establishment 

Thy Will Be Done

Camping at Sandi’s bedside at the nursing home, watching her helplessly lie in bed, sleeping much of the time, struggling to give her drink with a straw and solid food with a spoon, is causing me to reflect more on life. I’m coming to grips accepting the fact that she’s dying.  There are few precious moments when she smiles, converses, and sometimes even jokes, with her own brand of humor. 

Although I’ve been helping Sandi, she’s given me much. She’s admonished me when I’ve expressed sinful anger at people who wronged me. When I started gloating over someone who hurt me having a difficult time, she reminded me “they are people.”   

Inside I’ve been screaming. Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream doesn’t seem to express my angst about what’s happening.     Man at bridge holding head with hands and screaming

 

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

The Serenity Prayer helps comfort me: 

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.” 

My problem, my dilemma, is that I want the world as I would have it. In the 2 ½ years I’ve known Sandi, I’ve become very attached to her. Seeing her lying here, now sleeping, I’ve forgotten what a pain she can be sometimes, and how I wanted to get rid of her and how I took her for granite. This is a game changer! 

I ask “why”! I then realize that we will not always know why, but in faith remember that God works all things together for good for those who love the Lord. I have, however, realized some good in this situation.  People at the nursing home are amazed, touched that someone would stand by a loved one this much in this situation.  Jesus is reflected. God continues to teach me compassion for others, to put myself in their shoes. 

What I can change, is Sandi’s attitude. As our pastor told me, it’s good that she knows she’s loved. During this last health episode, when I asked her, Sandi said “Jesus is in my heart.”

Sandi was part of a population that is forgotten by society, especially in Bucks County, PA – the homeless. They do not contribute to the surface glitter of those hung up in personal peace and prosperity. As Detective Frank Thorn shouts as he’s taken away in the sci-fi movie Soylent Green, “Soylent Green is people!”, the homeless are people. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green 

http://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi2020082969 

People have intrinsic value; we are made in the image of God, who breathed life into us. 

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.… -Genesis 1: 26-28 

Serving Those Who Served Us

Kudos to the volunteers for the job they did at Stand Down 2017, where veterans got free dental, medical, foot and eye exams, free haircuts, acupuncture, and more. This year, the three-day event was squeezed into one day, thanks to the liberal elites in Bucks County, PA, who did not let Stand Down return to the site behind the Levittown library, with no explanation. http://levittownnow.com/2016/09/10/program-helps-veterans-need-kicks-off-last-year-current-site/

The Bucks elites, who voted for Shrillery-Killery Clinton, don’t believe they need to explain themselves. I think they banned Stand Down because they don’t like veterans, especially needy ones, homeless people, or anyone who doesn’t live in their Snob Hill neighborhood.  To quote Mr. Rogers, they’d “like to have a neighbor, just like you.” Not!

Stand Down, as defined by freedictionary.com: “the action of ending military activities or active duty temporarily, or a period or condition of being temporarily relieved from active duty and organized cessation of work, or the state of being stopped from working for a period of time.” The idea is to replenish, refresh, in this case, veterans.

Registration at this year’s event, held at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, took more than two hours for the batch I was in, as the three day event was jammed into one day. When I got in line, a handicapped guy with two metal crutch-like supports started dancing his own dance to the Motown and other music from the baby boom era that was playing. He didn’t let his handicap get him down; he just got down! At one point he hung his supports on a beam, hung on and danced. The volunteers offered the vets pudding, cookies, peanut butter crackers, and bottled water. Later, coffee was available.  I shared some of my experiences with the Bucks County homeless with some of the other guys who were waiting.

There were some minor conflicts, but were funny. One guy sitting on a chair, as we played a sort of musical chairs, waiting to go into the building to register, called a guy wearing camouflage, sporting a somewhat scruffy beard, a “gorilla” something. I don’t remember the conversation, but it struck me as funny. UpdateI think the guy called the other guy, who had a bushy beard “Gorilla Guard,” and said something about keeping him back.

On one occasion, when we had to walk to another location, some itchy pants guy rushed a guy who had trouble walking fast. I told Itchy pants “I best you’re one of those drivers who race up to red lights.”

“Yes, sir,” he responded, laughing.

There were a few vets in wheelchairs, and they were well taken care of. The two crutches dancer couldn’t stand very long so a volunteer got him a seat before we got to the chairs.

When I got out of line to get coffee, a volunteer told me about his experience shooting howitzers. When I got back in line, some other vets vouched for me that I wasn’t butting in line. I said that butting in line was a serious offense in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles. You get shot. But then, we realized that in the movie you got shot for chewing gum while standing in line.

Once I got registered, we were assigned a guide, who took three people around. My guide said to call him “Moon”, which I think is a shortening of his name.  After lunch I lost my guide, and the volunteers had a laugh when I told them I was looking for Moon. I later found him. I also ran into Dan from the Bristol VA office.

The volunteers genuinely appreciated us vets, both verbally and by their actions.

Because of the long registration and the early closing time for most stations, I couldn’t squeeze in every service I wanted to get. I got the most important ones – dental (had necessary oral surgery done), eye exam and new glasses, and acupuncture. In the busyness, I unintentionally left a flyer from the acupuncture station about a free new acupuncture clinic for vets in Bristol, and I couldn’t find the information on the Internet. I also had my mind on getting back to the nursing home where someone I’m very close to is staying.

I also forgot the extra gauze the dentist gave me along with the take home instructions. I didn’t need the extra gauze and I remembered the instructions, which were simple enough even for me.

On my way back in, after using the porta potty inside the garage, I thought I saw The Bimbo of Bucks County, aka State Representative Tina Davis heading the other way. I didn’t hear her speak this year. This is one positive thing for this year’s Stand Down venue. It’s possible, however, that she gave her phony spiel about helping the homeless when the vets were given clothing and other items.  Because of the generosity of the churches at community meals, I passed on this. If the Bimbo did speak then, she probably would have, just like a liberal, taken credit for the stuff other people donated.

Saturday was a day to honor and serve those who served us, helping them out in their need.

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

-1st John 3:17-18

Condemn Principles Not People

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”
Socrates  

Defining your terms is just a start in order to have an honest discussion about a subject and to avoid confusion, misunderstandings. I’ve challenged the idea that we should minimize the stigma that goes along with addiction. 

For those of you in Doylestown, the definition of “stigma”, used in this context:   

“A mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation.” -Dictionary.com 

The act of abusing drugs, alcohol, food and other things is disgraceful, sinful. God made us in his image so we have intrinsic value, and all of us are sinners. Even author Gore Vidal, who championed homosexuality, wrote that a homosexual is not who you are, but what you do.  

Drug addicts don’t just affect themselves, but their family, friends, and society. In the Levittown, PA vicinity, crime mushroomed in neighborhoods after the recovery houses came. About a hundred of them shot up in the community.  

People need to be protected from drug abusers. One particular drug user, who, in his own words is the “King of the panhandlers”, wore something that gave public notice like The Scarlet Letter. I’ve seen him wear a shirt that conspicuously read “MONSTER.” Actually, I think the word was for Monster Drinks, but it serves as a public warning. I’ve noticed that people who regularly drink Monster Drinks have turned into monsters (you are what you drink). It could, however, just be a coincidence.  

Condemn the principle, not the person  

At an inpatient addiction center in lower Bucks County, PA, a counselor told the group of visitors I was with to practice tough love – have rules and borders. If, for example, your kids get completely out of control, then you need to kick them out of your home and get them to the proper place. But never condemn them, the counselor stressed.  

Who will throw the first stone?  

A long, long time ago, when Jesus was teaching in the Temple, the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They wanted to stone her, and they were not talking about getting her high on weed. They asked Jesus what he thought, to test him and get him busted. Jesus bent down and wrote something on the ground with his finger. When they kept questioning Him, He replied “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” They split, leaving Jesus with the woman. He asked her “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 

She said, “No one, sir. “ 

And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.” 

The act of doing dope should be stigmatized, not the person. The stigma of addiction and other sins can be removed by stopping this foolish, destructive behavior. Jesus told the woman she was not under condemnation, but she has to stop her sinful behavior.  

To get yourself straight, you must not blame others, your circumstances, as did Curly of The Three Stooges (I’m a victim of soy-cum-stances), your environment, your race, your gender, your situation…   You must acknowledge your addiction is a result of a character flaw, sin. 

http://www.celebraterecovery.com/index.php/about-us/twelve-steps 

Breaking The Chains!

Today government initiatives are focusing on going after drug dealers to curb the flow of drugs to fight the drug abuse epidemic, just as Elliott Ness and his Untouchables went after bootleggers during prohibition. Reasoning that because 10 percent of the population has a problem with alcohol, authorities realized that taking booze away from everyone didn’t resolve the problem, and prohibition was repealed.

Instead of trying to stop the supply, efforts were made to help individual drunks break their bad habit, a besetting sin.  Before the well-known Alcoholics Anonymous was formed, what was known as The Oxford Group was formed by a Christian missionary. The church then got involved, as it should, to help people break the chains of addiction and restore them to the way God intended them to be.

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

All the King’s Horses

Even as far back as 1931, it was discovered that the shrinks can’t adequately resolve addiction problems. A business executive was treated by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung for alcoholism for a year, but then went back to the bottle. Dr. Jung told him that he may be a hopeless case and that his only hope may be a spiritual conversion with a religious group. And he did, and he overcame his life destroying problem.

Today the churches need to pick up the torch. Many of them are, in Bucks County and vicinity, for example. At many of the community meals I go to for the homeless and needy I’ve seen signs for The Twelve Steps Program.

Breaking The Chains of Addiction, a faith based group that helps people overcome their addictions, meets at First Baptist Church in Morrisville, PA, 50 Pennsylvania Avenue, Tuesdays, at 7 p.m.  Breaking The Chains also meets in South Philly at Third Baptist Church, 2400 S. Broad St Fridays at 7 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery, a national program that helps people overcome drug and alcohol addictions as well as other problems, has a few chapters not far from Bucks County.  Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. New Life Presbyterian Church, 425 East Roosevelt Blvd. In North East Philly hosts Celebrate Recovery.

http://newlifephilly.net/celebrate-recovery

The church needs to bring light to the world, helping to restore broken people.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi 

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace! That where there is hatred, I may bring love. That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness. That where there is discord, I may bring harmony. That where there is error, I may bring truth. That where there is doubt, I may bring faith. That where there is despair, I may bring hope. That where there are shadows, I may bring light. That where there is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted. To understand, than to be understood. To love, than to be loved. For it is by self-forgetting that one finds. It is by forgiving that one is forgiven. It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “

-Matthew 5:13-16