“But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” -Titus 3:4,5
I recently watched a twenty minute documentary called “Streets of Philadelphia, Kensington Avenue, What Happened Today, August, 2021?” There is no commentary, only film footage by someone driving along the street. Trash is everywhere and hundreds of people are sitting or lying down on the sidewalks. There are also many people bending over at the waist for long periods of time. I found out later that the cause is a new street drug called Xylazine which is to be used for sedation, anesthesia and muscle relaxation in horses and cattle. It is not meant for human consumption yet it is the new drug of choice on the streets. The people meander about in a stupor.
In watching this documentary I could not help but say to myself, “There is no hope for these people. There is no hope for the city of Philadelphia. Drug rehabilitation programs will not work. Social programs will not work. Religion will not work. Relocation of the drug addicts and homeless to another part of town will not work.”
Of course, I have known for many years that neither conservative or liberal politics will do any good. I know social welfare programs never change anything, and I also know Christians always like to say, “Just give them Jesus and all will be well.” Nice sounding religious platitudes, however, are not the answer.
Well, then, what is the answer for the city of Philadelphia or my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, or your town where you live?