The faith community has been coming to the forefront to help rescue people from the drug epidemic, a problem which Christian counselor and author Ed Welch calls “voluntary slavery.” The better programs, which are certainly better than the government funded, endorsed rehabs, say that “addictions” are sin.
The establishment’s mantra is that drug addiction is a disease, and not a character flaw. If drug abuse is a disease, then you cannot help doing drugs and are not responsible for your habit. Treating it like a disease, you would just keep the carrier out, like keeping rats away to prevent the bubonic plague.
If drug abuse is a choice, which it is, then you can overcome it. You can, with the help of Jesus. A message on Breaking The Chains of Addiction’s Facebook page reads:
“So what we have to ask ourselves is “Why do we hesitate to get people to Jesus”, why do we still put secular and worldly solutions in front of the addict rather than bringing them directly to Jesus.
Maybe, just maybe, we do not have faith like the four friends of the man sick of the palsy.
Why would we tell an addict anything other than Jesus Christ is the answer? “
In lower Bucks County, PA the faith-based meetings to help people overcome this destructive behavior, sin has been growing. Recently, an “addictions” meeting, which one participant calls a “Bible study” started at the Oxford Valley Chapel in Levittown, Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. So-called addictions is just another sin and can be treated Biblically like any other sin. The Bible is sufficient, with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, to overcome any human problem of the heart. Drug abuse is a spiritual problem.
Update: The Wednesday night Bible study at OVC has featured different topics since it addressed addictions. And it was an always will be a Bible study. It was one of the main sources that helped someone I was close to overcome her voluntary slavery to addiction. All Biblical topics are related, such as the topic after addictions where we used the book “Grace Through The Eyes of Jesus.” The study spoke against being judgmental. Putting an addict down is counterproductive and gives them less motivation to work on getting clean.
Another strategy to fight the drug epidemic is to keep the drug dealing rats from bringing the disease to the public. This was tried before – prohibition. All this did was increase crime, make gangsters rich, increase taxes and government control, and create material for movies.
What helped resolve the problem were grass roots, Biblical based initiatives, such as what became known as The Oxford Group. The church, true to scripture, got involved to help people break the chains of destructive behavior and help restore people to the way God made them.
Today we are starting to do the same thing, as more faith-based groups step up to the plate to handle the problem. Christians must reach out to offer hope to a dying culture.
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “