“Malone: [talking privately in a church] You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I’m saying is, what are you prepared to do?
Ness: Anything within the law.
Malone: And *then* what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way. Because they’re not gonna give up the fight, until one of you is dead.”
–Dialogue between Jimmy Malone and Elliot Ness in the movie The Untouchables
Likewise, I ask those with destructive habits (addictions): Do you want to change?
And what are you prepared to do?
Like Elliot Ness, who was charged with the task of taking down Al Capone and had a street- smart cop as a helper, we have the Bible to give us the power to overcome drug and other “addictions”.
Drug abusers should not be written off as though they are lepers. We are all sinners before God; they are not unique, and with God’s help, they can get clean. As is the case with Ness fighting Capone, the journey to be victorious over drug abuse is tough. But God gives you the resources and power. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Like other bad habits, drug abuse leads down the path of destruction, death. As Neil Young sang, “Every Junkie’s just a settin’ sun.”
Even though people have lost their dwellings, relationships, health, sanity and have spent time in jail and rehabs, they continue in their destructive behavior, craving their idols that falsely promise an escape from the world’s hassles. They must decide to change and want to turn from the sin of drug abuse as Elliot Ness wants to take down Al Capone!
Do you want to change? If so, then what are you prepared to do?