I listened to a coworker today, spilling out her soul. She’s struggling with her elderly parents, her father who has Alzheimer’s and her mom who’s overwhelmed with it all. If that’s not enough, she’s a mother of a nine year old and legal guardian of her older sister, 58 who has a mind of a simple 8 year old. While struggling to get her parents in a supportive home, she’s interrupted by an urgent situation that needs her immediate attention. Her sister needs to be moved to a more secure home immediately. While searching for a home she finds that there are no such things any longer. The funding for such homes has been used up. Some counties still have some funding for now, and her county happens to be one of them. So for now, her sister has a place to stay.
While searching for this home she found out that if a person is mentally handicapped and is not able to live by their self or with a family member; they end up homeless or in prison. After a while the homeless will do something illegal so they’ll get caught and go to prison. There they have a warm dry place to sleep and three meals a day. And yet, many are living off the system, misusing it.
I get so worked up when I hear these things. My mind automatically goes to trying to think of ways to fix the system. As I’m listening to the pain in my coworkers voice, my mind races through thoughts of how can this be corrected, how can this be turned around? I know that the government should not be expected to take care of our problems. In fact I’m a firm believer that our government helps way too much. If the government pulled out of all financial help, food stamps, unemployment, Medicare, everything…we would have to step in and help pick up the pieces. Our churches would have to step up to the plate. But is that a bad thing? Really?
If our government gets back to what a government does and lets the churches and people do what they do, I think our national debt would be something of the past. And I think the only people that would be complaining would be the ones who misused the system in the first place. I’m not saying it would be easy. Everybody would feel the pain. But in the long run, in the end, wouldn’t we depend on each other more (and most importantly…God?) and wouldn’t that help bring families and churches together? I wonder?
All I know for sure is that the government system is not working! And the government has been out of money for a long time. It’s not getting any better. Not only is the government getting deeper and deeper into debt, but the American dollar is losing value as you read this. If this keeps up, America will be homeless! This is what JVR is all about! Helping the people! Sharing the truth!