The Doo-Doo Dilemma

It is amazing what we can find in Scripture. The Lord has given us an answer for everything in life, including how to manage and handle doo-doo.

Deuteronomy 23:12-14 “Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. As part of your equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement. For the Lord your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you.”

Scriptures even provide guidance on how to handle and manage our excrement. However, as embarrassing as it is, San Francisco has been labeled the “doo-doo capital of the US”, but the issue also exists in Los Angeles and San Diego with some reports that the poop dilemma is also expanding into New York City (although nothing like the cities of California). The city of Austin TX has recently passed and implemented policies similar to those found in Los Angeles – we will have to wait and see if the impacts are similar to what is occurring on the West Coast.

The majority of the nation’s homeless people now live in California. But there was no “defecation crisis”—a term usually associated with rural India—in the 1930s, even with unemployment at 25%, vagabonds roaming the country, and shantytowns and “Hoovervilles” springing up everywhere.

Seattle Washington is also not immune from a feces problem. In King County, the Sheriff put a program together to regularly powerwash the sidewalks of the harsh feces and urine smell around the courthouse, but, city councilman Larry Gossett closed the program down because the hoses from the washers were considered racist, a reminder of a time years ago when water hoses were used against black Americans. This is not to ridicule Mr. Gossett, but it is a silly policy decision.

The resolution to solve the problem appears to be a simple one, but the leadership of these cities, San Francisco in particular, does not deem it important enough. While they are likely not aware of the humane policy and direction about the handling of feces and human waste as articulated in Scripture, they have removed God, or even basic Christian/Judeo values from their surroundings, indicating that they would not follow or adhere to any biblical guidance anyway – they would most likely strike it down with hateful feedback. Their leadership states “love and compassion” of the homeless problem but it seems that they would rather allow filth and suffering to continue rather than adhere to or listen to anything that the bible has to say. In San Francisco, they deem it more important to spend time on rules designating the NRA a terrorist organization or changing the classification of a “felon” to “justice-involved person”.

These are the policies and leadership direction as mandated by cities that are considered to be the most liberal in the nation.  So, how do we look at this through the lens of a Christian?  Is it love to continue to allow the current homeless catastrophe to continue, or, is it love to continue to point out the fallacy if the policy direction that the city is taking?  Why is this even important to those of us that do not live in San Francisco? It is not our problem. Because the issues in these cities are expanding outward and the future of our cultural, political, and dare I say “spiritual” well being are at stake nationwide.

The candidates from the Democratic Party believe in, and support, similar policies of those in the California and Washington cities. While they have subtle differences, the candidate pool wants to take over more services that they believe are the responsibility of government. And, they want to tax the American citizenry even more to manage these services.  Outside of the military and law enforcement, do we have any examples of where the government runs things better than organizations from the private sector?  Does the government run healthcare better? Education? Housing? 

“When Humpty Dumpy fell off the wall, even all of the Kings Men and all the Kings horses could not put Humpy Dumpty together again.  The government could not help Humpty Dumpty in his most dire time of need. This is not a partisan statement, this is statement about government in general. We should never depend on our government. We must learn how to fish and manage our own lives [the way our Founding Fathers intended]. Too many believe that our government will put our country back together again, as if we are expecting all of the answers to come from our elected officials. It is unfortunate today that far too many believers, are expecting the solutions to our problems to land on Air Force one.” ~ Tony Evans

God gave us marvelous minds to  use —to study, learn, observe, analyze, judge and think. You see, God wants His people to zealously read and study, to think and meditate. He wants us to be well-informed regarding the major geopolitical, cultural and spiritual issues and events of our time. God deplores ignorance, indifference and being “dull of hearing” (Hebrews 5:11).

Because of this, the Bible should be the prism, lens and filter by which we can accurately perceive and judge all other information. It enables us to develop a godly worldview—the framework and foundation by which we can accurately interpret all that is going on in the world. We can then understand our confusing world with amazing clarity, sense and logic!

Some people ignore news because it’s mostly bad news that interferes with feeling happy and comfortable. But that’s choosing escapism over facing reality and obeying Christ’s command to “deny” yourself (Luke 9:23). We are not to selfishly shut our eyes and hearts to the suffering of others, becoming indifferent, complacent or fatalistic.

While we all have compassion, empathy and a desire for mercy when it comes to the homeless, the way the city leadership is managing their dilemma is skewed, problematic, and a strain on the community. There are churches and secular organizations working with the homeless to the best of their ability but it is not enough.  Perhaps what is needed is a change in policy – changes that will truly help both the homeless problem and the doo-doo dilemma. Current leadership is wrong – the facts and current conditions speak to this.

The West Coast requires our prayers and a significant move of God. He can do anything – even influencing the hearts of the right people who have the ability and talent to clean up the mess of these cities. But He requires our participation in prayer.

 

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_in_the_San_Francisco_Bay_Area, accessed 6 Sep 2019

https://www.foundationsoftruth.com/post/i-left-my-poop-in-san-francisco, accessed 6 Sep 2019

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/san-francisco-board-adopts-new-language-for-criminals-turning-convicted-felon-into-justice-involved-person, accessed 6 Sep 2019

https://www.rt.com/usa/467415-seattle-courthouse-excrement-racist/, accessed 6 Sep 2019

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/washington-posts-la-times-columnists-slam-san-francisco-branding-nra-a-terror-organization-mccarthyism, accessed 6 Sep 2019

https://www.wsj.com/articles/californias-biggest-cities-confront-a-defecation-crisis-11565994160, accessed 18 Sep 2019

https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/jesus-warning-to-watch-just-what-did-he-mean, accessed 18 Sep 2019