Want to make Toronto better? Learn from a drug dealer
|Rev. Jim Parker.|
The Boston preacher wanted to make his crime-ridden, shady neighbourhood better. He wanted to reach out to the youth in positive ways, but everything he tried didn’t work.
Finally in desperation, the Boston preacher approached the local drug dealer.
“Sir,” he said, “I want to help the youth of this community, but nothing I do seems to attract any youth.”
“Yes...,” the drug dealer replied.
“But I notice,” responded the preacher, “that your Youth Ministry is doing quite well.”
“Yes...,” replied the drug dealer.
The preacher then asked his question: “What, may I ask, is your secret?”
“You really want to know?”
“I do,” the preacher nodded emphatically, “I really want to know what makes you so successful.”
“It’s simple,” declared the drug dealer sincerely, “I’m there ... and you’re not. When Jamal comes home from school, I’m there and you’re not. When Susie wants excitement, I’m there and you’re not. When Mark wants a job, I’m there and you’re not.”This is a true story that speaks volumes of truth for our city. The good people of our city must stand up and “be there” -- be an active force for good, be a presence for peace, productivity and constructive decisions.
Our politicians need to “be there”: we need politicians who are not so concerned about getting re-elected, being politically correct, looking brilliant, or doing the minimum, but rather primarily concerned with supporting positive groups, with looking out for the best interests of our residents, with helping to keep our city from unproductive forces, and with doing what is right.
We need to elect men and women committed to positive action and “getting their hands dirty” to improve our city.