“Girl, I, must (warn you)
I sense something strange in my mind
Situation is (serious)
Let’s cure it cause we’re running out of time
It’s oh, so (beautiful)
Relationships they seem from the start
It’s all so (deadly)
When love is not together from the heart
It’s drivin’ me out of my mind!
That’s why it’s HARD for me to find
Can’t get it out of my head!
Miss her, kiss her, love her
(Wrong move you’re dead!)
That girl is (poison)…”
–Poison, Bell Biv Devoe
A few years back, I overheard a conversation in the men’s room of the public library in Levittown, PA where a guy told another guy that street drugs are laced with other ingredients that can kill you right off. The guy responded that drug users don’t care about the risk; all they care about is getting high.
A wolf in cheep’s clothing
In places such as Bucks County, PA, people looking for a good high are ending up with heroine laced with fentanyl. It makes them cuckoo, wandering around aimlessly, banging into walls, not knowing what they are doing, risking death. As Allen Ginsberg wrote in his poem Howl, “I see the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness…”
The added dangers of fentanyl: https://www.statnews.com/2016/09/29/why-fentanyl-is-deadlier-than-heroin/
People are attracted to the promises of drugs, but in the end this destructive behavior makes the problems and duties of life worse. They don’t go away, except for a moment. Drugs are only a mask, which when removed, reveals our inner monster we are trying to hide.
We Wear the Mask
Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872 – 1906
We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,— This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile And mouth with myriad subtleties, Why should the world be over-wise, In counting all our tears and sighs? Nay, let them only see us, while We wear the mask. We smile, but oh great Christ, our cries To thee from tortured souls arise. We sing, but oh the clay is vile Beneath our feet, and long the mile, But let the world dream otherwise, We wear the mask!
To overcome destructive behavior, such as drug abuse, we need to remove the mask and expose this sin, submit to God, who will heal you.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. Got is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond you’re a you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13