This article I found online has some interesting things to say, such as “one in eight Americans has a significant problem with drugs or alcohol” and “Twenty-seven million Americans use drugs regularly or drink heavily, with over half of those needing immediate treatment”
and “Almost 12% of young people use illicit drugs by age 18.” There are apparently similar numbers when considering the abuse of prescription drugs. I think it is a given that addiction is a huge problem in the United States.
As Christians, we are not exempt. We never were. 2000 years ago, Paul warned people in I Corinthians 6:12 about the things they were doing with their bodies. They were committing sexual sins apparently, but the explanation Paul gives applies none-the-less.
I Corinthians 6:12 You say, I am allowed to do anything”-but not everything is good for you and even though “I am allowed to do anything,” you must not become a slave to anything.
People then and now use scripture fragments and take scripture out of context to justify many things such as drinking wine (because Jesus and the disciples did.) Discussions about being allowed to do anything seem to proceed from comparisons made between Christianity and other religions of the time that had restrictions on diet and other activities. The words simply meant that our salvation as Christians did not depend on behavior, but on faith and God’s grace. Still others claim the above verse allows us to do anything we wish as long as we remain in control of our actions. The problem is that using drugs and alcohol might begin as a choice but for many, quickly becomes an addiction to which they are slaves. There is no control over their behavior anymore. They have slipped into the realm of being a slave to the substance as Paul warned the Corinthians about and as his words, even today, also warn us. Almost every person I have spoken to about their addiction tells me ” I lost control” and the dark and scary roads they share about are enough to make me reconsider ever trying potentially addictive substances. Often, by the time people realize they have lost control, it is already too late and they are more or less spectators to the destruction of all the things that make their life worth living.
All of the roads we take in our lives have the potential to be dangerous roads, especially those that diverge from the way we are shown in God’s word. It leaves us open to destruction, separated from God and his people and the further we stray from the right road, the danger increases exponentially.
So even though we are not held to dietary laws or strict dress codes, our free will can and often does get us into big trouble spiritually, personally, legally. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do it.
The beauty of God is that he offers us a road on which to come back to him. No matter how far we wander from him and his people. My personal journey, observed from above, must seem more like L.A.’s Spaghetti Junction than a straight and narrow path. No matter the ways we choose to misuse our free will, he offers forgiveness and grace and we can eventually get back onto the right road again. If you think you may be on a dangerous road with alcohol or drugs, please stop now and contact Trinity Life Ministry or someone near you to begin your journey back to God.
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Here is the link to the original article.