Drug Addiction, Alcoholism, Abortion
This title is right up front. You know the subject and I am not trying to hide a single thing in a shadowy title. These are old sins. They have been around, I suppose, since the beginning of time. It didn’t take long for the fermentation process to occur and curiosity made mankind taste what the liquid tasted like. Some spewed it out with a loud “Yuck!” while for others the liquid wasn’t all that bad and not long after drinking it, the effect of mind altering took place. The Bible speaks openly about drunkenness in both the Old and New Testaments. It is a choice to either drink it or stay away from it. Sweet apple cider and sweet grape juice do not a alter the brain in any way and in fact, have health benefits. Moderation and personal choice matter.
Supposition also leads me to think that the apothecaries in time past experimented with various herbs, roots, and bark teas only to find that some had a definite healing effect, while some only doped the brain to feeling nothing, or even produced a euphoria or stimulation. Without any regulations except for self-control, it could become easily addictive if the herb produced a “high.” Once learned, the herbs could be mixed by an apothecary and sold or bartered according to conscience. The modern drug addict wants that mind altering drug directly into the blood stream so that his self-inflicted addition can be calmed. Our bodies, given to God in self-surrender, can overcome the cravings for drugs to help us, and rather turn to the Lord for help to calm the pain or distress we happen to be suffering.
Abortion is different. Although abortion has been induced through shadowy herb teas for thousands of years, it was usually done quietly and in the very first weeks when a woman understood that she was expecting a baby she never desired. The baby, resulting from usually prostitution, could be eliminated if you knew the right person to go to for a blend of deadly toxins that would result in the death of the forming baby within. Abortion is different because it affects more than one individual body. It affects the body of the unborn. The unborn baby is innocent. The only crime committed was the sin of a promiscuous desire to satisfy the lust of the flesh.
Americans, and other nationalities as well, have struggled with these three problems and tried attacking them in a plethora of ways. At the very core of the problem, however, only one solution exists. Self-control.
That sounds so simple; yet, it is true. Laws may inhibit drunkenness, addiction, and abortion, but the desire to stop it must come from within the person. There is only one power than can instill a stopping point: the power of God. The battle that ensues is between the forces of evil (Satan) and the forces of perfect (God).
Turning one’s life over to God is simple surrender for some; for others, it is an intense struggle. Everyone is different because we are uniquely designed by a Creator Who loves us more than we can ever understand. If you are struggling today, the steps are simple:
Confess that you are a sinner.
Understand that God loves sinners and paid for their sin at Calvary where Jesus died to pay the penalty for sin.
Accept the gift of grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Take it. It is yours.
Jesus will set you free.
Please let me know if you come to a decision to choose Jesus to overcome sin. I can help you further into a walk with Jesus that is like no other.