As I’ve blasted in my blogs, the drug epidemic in this country is soaring out of control. In lower Bucks County, PA, for example, the statistics are astronomical, as reported by the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad:
Updated Overdose Numbers are 163 Overdoses with 18 deaths. Since 2016 we have had a total of 786 overdoses and 72 deaths in our coverage area which is Levittown, Fairless Hills, Bristol Township, Tullytown, parts of Morrisville and Yardley. This continues to be an epidemic in our area. If you know someone that wants help please contact Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission Inc at 1-800-662-4357 (HELP) #overdoses #epidemic #ems #ems911 #gethelp #addiction #roadtorecovery #lfhrs
All the King’s Horses and All The King’s Men are trying to figure out how to put broken people back together again. One initiative is Push Out The Pusher. 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.
Update: A year after the Push Out The Pusher program first allegedly struck fear in the hearts of drug pushers it busted and convicted the first pusher. Elliot Ness was much more successful in busting the Speak Easies and Gangsters during prohibition, where the government fought the problem by going after the supply. Although Mr. Ness busted a lot of folks, prohibition did not resolve the problem. Push Out The Pusher won’t either. http://levittownnow.com/2018/08/09/push-out-the-pusher-program-nets-first-conviction-reward-payout/
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 former church first took her students to the pole at a public school in Burlington, New Jersey seven years ago. This year students will meet at the pole on September 14, the same day the 7th Annual Music Fest 2019 and Relapse Prevention Walk will be held. Both are examples of bringing God’s power to heal our land.
During the day, the youth leader said on her Facebook page in 2017, 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.”