Talk Is Cheap!

“Loving Jesus and Serving The World”, reads a logo on The Levittown Church Of God van. Although we who come to the free shared homeless and needy meals appreciate being fed, some of us expressed outrage with the attitude of the host, namely the pastor, at the meal last night. 

We he opened, he bragged that the church itself provided the meal.  “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.” Matthew 6:2. 

“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2 

The host started taking up table cloths, chairs, and even tables not much past 6:30 p.m., as people were still eating. The meal is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Guests were not let in until 6:05. One of the guests asked if the meal was supposed to end at 6:30 p.m.   “Don’t you see, everyone is leaving”, the pastor snapped.  Shortly thereafter, as I sat, wiping my mouth with a napkin, the pastor, standing opposite me said something like “hope you had a good meal; we’re breaking it down…”.  As I finished wiping my mouth, he flipped the table, abruptly folding it up, almost dropping it on my lap!   

As we moseyed towards the door, some of the hosts subtly pushed us out, as if we were cattle!  Movin’ movin’ movin’. Keep them doggies movin’. Keep them doggies movin’, rawhide…  Move ‘em out! 

Except for graciously and generously offering the guests food, the hosts did not interact with their guests as they have in the past.  In the past, the pastor and other hosts have reached out to others. On one occasion long ago I talked with the pastor about a problem, which was later resolved. 

Christians should reflect Jesus. People are attracted to God through the way they treat others, by their love. “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”  2 Corinthians 5:20  

There always has and always will be those who, in the name of Christ, do not rightly reflect Him.  

Some of the churches that host the meals reach out to their guests to develop relationships and minister to them. Many of the hosts and their guests know one another on a first name basis.  These churches practice the philosophy that man does not live by bread alone, and offer guests spiritual as well as physical food. They are there for their friends who visit the meals, as are the guests who help each other. 

In “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless”, I elaborate on the value of the  shared meals as well as other aspects of homelessness in Bucks County, based on personal experience with the homeless here: 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR14Y8jAxc462oqzltCCdZGq4BCLQg-HW8VEoAdpkGjog9Q78PqGh6zTTIA 

Giving Hope To The Hopeless

To help pull people out of the slough of despair, the Christian community has been reaching out to those trapped in the voluntary slavery of addiction. A church in what law enforcement calls “ground zero” for opioid addiction – the Kensington section of Philadelphia, is helping to rescue addicts. Somewhat like Jonah in the Bible ministering to the wicked people in Nineveh. http://levittownnow.com/2019/02/20/congressman-fitzpatrick-chair-of-national-heroin-task-force-visits-ground-zero/ 

At the chapel in Kensington, broken people are given an opportunity to be redeemed and become productive members of society. On their way to redemption, they can become an intern, a good step along their journey to become whole. 

The chapel trains and brings missionaries into Kensington to do God’s work.   

At a Kensington park is a display that fosters hope to those caught in the besetting sin of drug addiction. 

Government officials came to Kensington to check out the scene.  I think that they and their constituents are at least tacitly starting to realize that the faith community is the key to resolving the drug abuse epidemic.  

In neighboring Bucks County, from which many of the customers come to Kensington to shop for drugs, organizations such as Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM), a faith-based outfit, has been ministering to the lost in the greater Philadelphia area since 2005.  It started as a prison ministry in 2004. CLPRM serves as a network for other resources.  In the greater Philadelphia area, there are meetings to help people with addictions practically every day of the week. http://www.clprm.org/ 

I got involved in CLPRM after someone very close to me passed on July 4, 2018.  Bible based programs and Christian influence gave her an opportunity to get clean, and she did after I was with her for two months. But on the 4th of July, after 30 years of drug abuse, a time bomb went off and God took her home. I saw the dark world of drugs through her eyes and now want to help bring addicts into the light.  

I’m finishing up a book about how the faith community helps rescue addicts, to be published sometime in the future. My late companion is the particular in the book, just as the Joad family is in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.  My prayer is that people will realize that Jesus and the Bible is the answer! 

A Word About All Birds

The quintessential Noble Savage, who for a couple long years has been savaging the homeless meals in Bucks County, PA, did not fly north to Doylestown from lower Bucks County as we thought. This comes after he announced his flight north at a homeless meal, during which many of us clapped in applause and gave him a standing ovation. He’s commonly referred to as “Birdman”.  

He even has a theme song, which some of us thought should be played on a big screen at the meal as he makes his entrance:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=The+Word+is+the+bird+trashmen+video&view=detail&mid=62E64BD08A680113988862E64BD08A6801139888&FORM=VIRE 

One theory as to why Birdman did not fly north is that he ate too much food from the homeless meals and couldn’t get off the ground to fly. I don’t buy this theory. Birdman is quite skinny, although he takes a large plunder of food home after the meals. Maybe he has an imaginary army of birds he’s feeding. Maybe Alfred Hitchcock’s birds.  I don’t know.  

Maybe Birdman stayed in lower Bucks County to compete for the award for Noble Savage of The Year. There are a few individuals who attend the meals who have been giving Birdman some stiff competition, such as Piglet and Morticia Addams. These competitors are certainly lesser examples of The Noble Savage, but their modus operandi is different. Piglet hustles her way to make sure she is first in line when there is a line, by hook or crook. Last night, like a bulldozer, she crashed through a woman’s walker that was sticking out between the rows of tables, not blocking people walking by but she did not leave enough room for Piglet’s cart she pulled as she worked her way back to find a table. Morticia collects different food and other items and sneaks them off, one by one, from the meal.  

I think it’s time for a woman to get the award for Noble Savage. The Bucks liberal establishment should intervene, and in fairness, pick a female winner, whether she earned it or not.  

The Noble Savage has not just appeared at the homeless meals. Some can be found at the public libraries in lower Bucks County. A little while ago in the library I’m writing from a guy using one of the library computers blasted “music” that spewed out of his earphones. He rocked back and forth and gyrated, banged on the table and himself and at one point started spewing out the gibberish he evidently was listening to. Finally, a librarian told him it was too loud and asked him to turn it down.  

This guy wasn’t the only savage at the library today. Kids were running around like savages and screaming, definitely not disciplined by parents or guardians. That was tolerated by library staff. Maybe the library system will hold a Noble Savage contest. 

We are in a cultural war. My side of the war has been making headway. We’re recovering after having become an Obama Nation. President Trump fired some direct hits in his State of The Union speech, echoing the hearts and minds of the people who want to return to our Christian and constitutional heritage. 

These examples of The Noble Savage in lower Bucks County reflect the cultural war: 

https://wigtunes.wordpress.com/tag/francis-schaeffer/ 

The Lone Ranger Rides Again!

Doing the right thing, knowing right from wrong, that there are absolutes was the culture of the 50s, foreign from today’s culture.

Recently, I saw a Lone Ranger Episode from 1953, entitled “The Godless Men”, where bad guys robbed the money from Pastor Randy that was for building a church in the town. Randy started fighting from the beginning. The bad guys made a deal with him that if he could beat up each of the bad guys, who were bigger than he was, they would let him keep the money. Randy knew how to box and beat each bad guy, but they didn’t honor the deal. Ricky, I’m shocked! But at some point, the Lone Ranger and Tonto (not that Army Ranger) got involved and they prevailed. The bad guys boss wanted to steal the money so the church wouldn’t be built so they can stifle free speech, as the pastor would convince the people not to patronize the gambling place and the dance hall. The good guys talked about the importance and right of free speech and freedom of religion. Bring back the Eisenhower 50s! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0635474/

Rewind to 1939. The Great Depression finally ended, and some people learned a lesson.  People learned to live within their means and how to be self reliant, not having to depend on the government for everything.

It took awhile to recover from the Great Depression.  There was a tug of war between the Christian conservative interests  and the progressives, and the former pulled the latter over the line.  Our nation’s worst was behind them and we were heading in the right (both politically and correct as opposed to politically correct) direction.  As a radio talk show says “the right is right.”

Black is black, that’s where the 50’s ink is at.

Gray is gray, that is the liberal way oh oh.

What did they do?  Because I don’t want my country to be blue.

Skillful people persuaded America the to go the right way.  Writers argued how free market capitalism fosters a healthy economy.  Churches, which during the Depression era failed to positively influence society, started spreading the truth about how to live right, and people listened.  As a result, the economy grew while crime shrank.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_modern_American_conservatism#1950s 

http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/twenty/tkeyinfo/trelww2.htm 

Back in the 1920s elitist kooks started influencing society,  but after WWII, people started to wise up and traditional values were restored to our nation, and we prospered.

Homelessness is the canary in the coal mine to indicate a healthy economy.  https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/canary_in_a_coal_mine

In Blue, progressive states, homelessness is very high because of a poor economy.  Conversely, in more conservative states the economy is good and there is little homelessness.  See my blog Fight Homelessness Don’t Vote For Progressives.

There are things homeless people can do to improve their lot.  They need to take personal responsibility.  One example is smoking, which is an epidemic among the homeless community.  It always amazed me how homeless people, who have few material resources, can find the money for cigarettes.

One poster on a homeless advocacy site wrote that one thing the homeless can do to help themselves is to stop wasting $300 a year or so on cigarettes when they could put that money to better use.  It’s a common practice in the homeless community I’m associated with that people sell their food stamps for money in order to buy cigarettes.  Towards the end of the month, they scramble for food. Their desire for tobacco seems to overshadow their need for food, at least until they run out of food.

This brings up another matter  — debiting people’s irresponsible actions.  Those hungry homeless people who squandered part of their food stamps try to bum food off of others (and they frantically go on a quest to bum cigarettes).  By debiting people’s foolish behavior, you are not helping them learn responsibility, let alone contributing to good health.

Progress was made towards equality.  Jackie Robinson could play in the major leagues.  The American Indians were able to self govern, freed from what amounted to internment camps.  And the Japanese Americans, who were put in internment camps without due process — without a shred of evidence that they were aiding and abetting the Empire of Japan, other than they were Japanese, were freed by the 50’s.

FDR must have thought that “due process” is something that happens when moisture forms on the grass on some mornings.

Ditto for the elites in Bucks County, PA in regard for the homeless, where the homeless used to be constructively kicked out of a public library and were shewed from the Veteran’s Memorial, just because they were homeless. This has changed somewhat, largely due to people exercising their right of free speech. Around the government complex where this library sits there are signs of totalitarianism, literally. Signs read “no trespassing…”  No trespassing is appropriate for private property, but we’re talking about public property. Bucks County officials think public property belongs to them. Wrong! It belongs to we the people; we just entrusted them to administrate our property. It’s not surprising that Bucks County elected a dictator like Shrillery-Killery Clinton! Fortunately the rest of the country didn’t drink the Kool-Aid!

How liberals exacerbate instead of resolve the homeless problem is addressed in “There Are Homeless in Bucks County: A Journey With The Homeless”, by Yours Truly. https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR14Y8jAxc462oqzltCCdZGq4BCLQg-HW8VEoAdpkGjog9Q78PqGh6zTTIA