What’s Going On?

Sunday night was a modern version of the 1929 Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, where seven guys from the North Side gang were murdered. Only on steroids! Las Vegas was the big one Sunday night. In Tullytown, PA, Sunday night a guy allegedly murdered his girlfriend.


Not long ago, a homeless woman was beaten up by another homeless woman, ganged up on as the assailant allegedly had an accomplice, with whom the victim had an ongoing feud, who held her while the other one punched her. Nobody tried to intervene and no witnesses came forward. The police are not exactly passionately pursing the matter. After all, the conventional wisdom in Bucks County, PA is that homeless people are supposed to act that way. Facts show otherwise. The creep who shot up people in Las Vegas lived in a retirement community, and the guy who allegedly shot his girlfriend is not homeless.

My question is “What’s going on?”


Today people seem to have a lot of anger. I’ve heard couples quarreling, parents yelling at kids…  Instead of trying to work things out, have a conversation, or, when things start to get out of hand, walk away, they attack!  People are concerned about self, their ego, and rather than act civilly, attack, even kill others! Rather than attack, either verbally or physically, someone I have a problem with I walk away and keep my distance from, including a member of the Suburban Ganstas who allegedly was involved in the attack of a homeless woman in Bucks County.

Blame shifting and greed, including gluttony, can trigger anger, which can translate into violence.

Because a former homeless person circulated lies about innocent people, people became hostile towards and in some cases, physically attacked them.

False rumors have been going around about a few people, including myself.

  • That they are slashing people’s tents

Response to that charge:

A reliable source told me that a drug crazed guy thought his girlfriend was having relations with all the other homeless guys so he quixotically slashed every tent in the woods he came across.

  • That they are verbally and through blogs badmouthing homeless people

Response to that charge:

People have stepped up and said something about individual homeless people and held them accountable for their behavior, just like they would anyone. For example, a particular homeless person came to a community meal drunk and disorderly. He verbally and physically assaulted others, on more than one occasion, cursing and disrupting meals for everyone else and on one occasion knocked someone down, causing a cut on the back of his head. The truth of this outlandish behavior was the subject of blogs.

Unlike the Bucks County establishment, the individuals charged with badmouthing the homeless call the individual, not the group (the homeless) out. As a result, the community meals have become virtually drama free, a place where friends can comfort and edify one another, the way it should be in the homeless community.

The homeless in Queen Anne Woods did not fare as well. The Chief Bucks County Ranger, Steve Long, told me the raid on the homeless was a result of complaints from neighbors who found syringes and other drug paraphernalia in the woods. There was also trash. And the rescue squad had to drag at least two druggies who overdosed out of those woods.

There are examples in other homeless areas where certain individuals created problems and caused everybody to get booted.

Group think, where people attack the whole group when an individual does something wrong or when people in the group circle the wagons and act like when someone attacks an individual in the group they are attacking all of them, is a problem. The “us against them” is counterproductive, at least in the case when individuals in the group are doing wrong and the group acquiesces. This hurts the group.

Dealing with anger

Awhile back, I read a blog in Our Daily Bread entitled Angry Prayers, where the writer showed how God can help us deal with anger. “But when we choose to cling to our anger, we become mired in the trap of bitterness, ever moving forward. And the only cure for anger is truth,” the blogger wrote.  

We may be angry and think that “we don’t deserve this”.  Actually, when you think of it, the blogger explained, we don’t get what we deserve. God cut us a lot of slack by not giving our sinful selves what we deserve. He showed mercy. Mercy is not giving us all the punishment we deserve, and God’s grace is Him giving us what we don’t deserve.

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.James 1:19,20

A Little Part of It in Everyone

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

No matter what you did, Jesus will save you.

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

“No,” she said.

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

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

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