28 September 2016
Broken Roads – Substantial Abuse
Greetings Dear Reader,
First let me be clear that I do not believe that alcohol is wrong. I realize that since Jesus turned water into wine some of his followers have been trying to turn it back to water. There is even a provision in the Law of Moses for using God’s funds to buy wine or strong drink.
That said, it is the abuse of alcohol and others substances that is a very broken road. I come from a history of alcohol abuse. In times of great pain and sorrow there is a siren call to dive into a bottle and numb the world.
I have seen how much it can destroy people. The road that seems so smooth at first becomes filled with disaster. The brain becomes dependent. There are so few off ramps on this constantly crumbling highway. There is help but it cannot be forced or coerced.
I fight the call by being rigid about my consumption. I do not allow this to be my courage or refuge. That is really where the road breaks. The false courage or unsafe refuge lies and makes us think we can handle it. Instead it winds its way into us until it owns us.
The only place I should find my refuge is in Christ. In following him, even if one is already on this road, a better road can be found. There is truth in wine but there are also lies.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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