Friday, May 9, 2008
What's That Councilman Don Samuels Says About North Side Churches?
Photo by John Hoff
It's not MY criticism, let me point that out, first.
But City Councilman Don Samuels (a subject of fascination with me) has said the churches of the North Side are not doing all they can to fight to turn their communities around. Words very much to that effect.
So take a look at this house, where I had to secure the kicked-in front door, this house with all the copper pipes ripped out, and note the relationship of the structure to a nearby church...
Keep in mind this house has a garage in the back where the different metal squares on the garage door are all signed by gang members. I won't say which gang, per the city's habit of not giving the gangs publicity.
So why don't the members of this church walk down the street and take control of their block, and the perimeter streets, and the lovely park where--lovely though it might be--it is scary as all-get-out to hang around in that park with all the gangs and drug dealing. But maybe the churches have an answer to the critique. (Again...it's not my critique and I don't necessarily endorse it)
Yet ever since reading Samuel's critique, I have not been able to get it out of my thought process. Every time I see a church on the North Side, the steps full of people spilling out of the doors on Sunday, I think...why are they letting the neighborhood around them go to Hades in a hand basket while singing hymns to Jesus?