The Best Bet To Stop The Insanity

Doo wop gospel artist Walter Santos asked a good question when he performed at the 4th annual March and Prayer Rally at Williamson Park in Morrisville, PA on Saturday, August 17. He asked why an event that addresses a major problem today – drug addiction – wasn’t better attended.                                                                                                                             

Besides the wonderfully edifying gospel doo wop, there were more than ½ dozen pastors and other speakers. There were also several tables that displayed resources that offered hope for those trapped in the voluntary slavery of addiction. The event may not have been better attended because some people are stuck in the mantra that the government is going to resolve all their problems. 

The hot weather may have been one reason more people didn’t show up, but if people are really serious about helping to rescue people out of their dark work, they would come out anyway. My girlfriend and I did. She did, by the way, get dizzy the next day as a result of staying out in the blazing sun part of the time. 

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

People have been overdosing and dying as a result of drug addiction.  A recent Facebook page from the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad: 

August 9 at 12:50 PM ·   

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   

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 The faith community is making a difference by doing something. In Kensington, which officials call “ground zero” for the drug problem, the ministries of the church there is bearing fruit.  According to a report in The Philadelphia Inquirer, overdose deaths decreased 23% between 2017 and 2018 in Kensington. Some of this decrease may be a result of improved first aid from responders, but overdoses have increased in other areas, such as south Philadelphia neighborhoods. https://www.inquirer.com/health/philadelphia-map-zip-code-overdose-deaths-2018-20190725.html?fbclid=IwAR3x2pdK4UG5ebaKF2U-rNPe86P6tCKUaN4vAYjWER0aQLmACyHyLBBuAYg 

In Bensalem, PA, groups such as Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) is making a difference. CLPRM is a grass roots organization where caring people, who serve without pay, are there to help others overcome their life destroying problem.  

On September 14, in Bensalem, there will be a major event to help overcome a major problem – a problem that is more devastating that the Florida storm. Image may contain: one or more people and text

In the greater Bucks County area, there are group meetings to help people with conquer addictions practically every day of the week. Many of the are modeled after “A First Century Christian Fellowship”, later known as the “Oxford Group”, which a minister created in 1921, fourteen years before Alcoholics Anonymous was formed. AA uses many of the Oxford Group’s ideas, but watered down the Christian aspect in their program.   

The philosophy of the Oxford Group: 

      • All people are sinners
      • All sinners can be changed
      • Confession is a prerequisite to change
      • The change can access God directly
      • Miracles are again possible 
    • The change must change others 

Learn more about CLPRM, which models the Oxford Group: 

http://www.clprm.org/ 

You Have to Have at Least One Vice?

A mental health charlatan from Penndel Mental Health Center in Bucks County brought gobs of junk food to her grossly overweight client who was staying in a nursing home. Because, the client told me, the home put her on a healthy diet, she went from 300 pounds to 275 pounds.  

But then along came the mental health hack, who cavalierly remarked that her client doesn’t eat her meals because she pigs out on junk food and added “you have to have at least one vice.”  According to Wikipedia.com, “Vice is a practice, behavior, or habit generally considered immoral, sinful, criminal, rude, taboo, depraved, or degrading in the associated society. In more minor usage, vice can refer to a fault, a negative character trait, a defect, an infirmity, or a bad or unhealthy habit. Vices are usually associated with a transgression in a person’s character or temperament rather than their morality. Synonyms for vice include fault, sin, depravity, iniquity, wickedness, and corruption.” 

So we have to have a least one vice?  Really? 

Gluttony is a form of addiction, a besetting sin. It harms the person and others around you. Instead of helping others overcome bad habits, vices, the hack is not only not helping the person, but enabling bad behavior, encouraging, exacerbating the excesses, the addiction. 

This is the case with the mainstream mantra parroted by politicians and the rest of all the king’s men, who don’t have a clue on how to put broken people back together again.  Calling drug addiction “substance abuse disorder” is counterproductive.   

As is the case of housing, the free market helps. People should have a choice to see for themselves what works best. One organization I see as very helpful is Conquering Life Prison And Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) http://www.clprm.org/ 

To address the solution to the opioid crisis, I’ve been working on a book that argues that the faith community is the key to resolving the problem, which ultimately is a spiritual epidemic.  

Driving past the Levittown-Fairless Hills rescue squad on New Falls Road in Levittown, PA recently, I noticed the latest drug overdose statistics:   Image may contain: outdoor

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14