The things I don’t get list just got a new number hit.
A school district in Pennsylvania sent letters to parents who owed over $22,000 total in lunch money for their kids. It wasn’t a letter saying they needed to pay up or their kids couldn’t have lunch, or even a penalty as severe as the kids couldn’t enroll in school. NO. If they parents didn’t pay up, their kids would be taken away from them and put into foster care.
Get this in your brain: The “worst offenders” were those have a $10 debt or more. For $10 you could have your kid taken away and put into foster care. A big question in my mind at this point is this: How much does it cost for foster care that a $10 debt somehow justifies paying out that much money for the foster care system???
Okay, I will admit, I had far more thoughts flood my mind at that point in the story, but none of them are printable here.
And note this: The letter goes out to poor families in a poor district asking for $22,000 in payment when the annual budget for this school district is $80 million. This is like burning down a house to kill a spider.
It hits national news. Of course there are generous Americans who quickly call the school district and offer to wipe out the debt. The response from the district?
What has happened to us as a nation? What has happened to us as a people? We threaten a pound of punishment for an ounce of offense. We then REFUSE the help of strangers to keep our eyes on the prize of the punishment we want to dole out?
There is a hardness of heart that has to be broken in this nation. God tested Pharaoh on this one. Folks, that didn’t end well for Pharaoh.
I would suggest we repent before it gets to the really destructive ends of our horrible actions.