Irresistible Rose

Rose’s smile lit up my life 

As the Grand Funk Railroad song line goes: She set my soul on fire/she’s some kind of wonderful 

Yes she was 

But all she left me was a heart of gold 

Someone special to this man of old 

Who left this earth too soon for me 

But not for God 

She’s now with the Lord 

 

Rose was looking for guidance 

The Lord gave me the privilege 

To minister to her 

And like Evangelist in John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrims Progress” 

Point her to God 

She accepted Jesus as Lord and savior 

 

We are not like the mule who has no understanding and must be controlled by bit and bridle 

God brings us to Himself through Irresistible Grace 

Bringing me to her was a case of Irresistible Rose 

 

I was with Rose for an almost six months season 

I’m perplexed about the reason 

But God is sovereign and has our best interests at heart 

But I must get a grip on the fact that Rose did depart 

 

Rose enjoyed God’s creation 

A cardinal outside the window 

A sunrise/sunset 

The smell of honeysuckle 

And she was sandpaper to my faith 

Helping to make me a better, more Godly man 

Organizing things, preparing meals, inspiring me to be more neat and organized 

 

I wanted to join the last departed woman I love on her journey to heaven 

“God has things for you to do, Jeff”, a Christian brother comforted me 

 

God has things for me to do  

 

Some day God will send me another Rose 

Not from a mold; Rose broke the mold 

God continues to mold me 

Are We Automatons?

The trade war with China threatens the war on opioids, says a piece in Kaiser Health News.  http://levittownnow.com/2018/07/06/what-a-u-s-china-trade-war-could-mean-for-the-opioid-epidemic/   Again, the extremely toxic fentanyl, one of the most deadly substances that has been destroying and taking lives, is in play.

Well there you go again! Keeping the dope away from people as if they have no choice in the matter, as if, as the mantra goes, it’s a disease, won’t work now, just as prohibition didn’t work to stop people who can’t control their urges. What ever happened to Nancy Regan’s thesis: “Just say no to drugs!”

All prohibition did was increase taxes, jeopardize freedom, foster more government control, and provide materials for movies and TV shows.

What did work to fight addictions, starting in 1921 was “A First Century Christian Fellowship”, later known as “The Oxford Group”. An American business executive found healing by participating in the Oxford Group after a shrink could not help him. In 1931, the executive started treatment with psychiatrist Carl Jung in Switzerland.  After being treated for a year, the guy finished treatment but soon returned to the bottle, as a dog returns to its vomit.

Dr. Jung told the guy his case was nearly hopeless, and his only hope was a spiritual conversion with a religious group.  So the executive went to the Oxford group and got clean.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Alcoholics_Anonymous

Drug abuse and alcoholism have a common root, as do a host of other besetting sins, such as gluttony. Increasingly, today faith-based groups, such as Celebrate Recovery combine all the bad habits and hang ups, and people are healed, made whole.

Recently, a friend in Bucks County overcame her destructive drug habit she had for decades and gave credit to her coming to Jesus. The Bible has solutions for all of life’s problems.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17

Today, there are groups and meetings held in churches that treat drug addictions as sin (we all are sinners), which through Jesus can be overcome.

A faith-based solution to help those engaged in the destructive behavior of drug abuse, The Together We Can Do It convention, presented by the Bucks County Faith Summit was held in Newtown, PA on April 28, 2018. Christian singers and speakers, tables with Bibles, copies of Narcotics Anonymous, and various Christian brochures were offered at numerous tables at the event, as were people to talk with about the problem.

At the workshop before the one with the animated presenter, the presenter called addiction a disease. Someone in the audience challenged calling drug abuse a disease. While waiting in line to fill out some paperwork, I figuratively gave her a high five.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism

Drug abuse is a choice, a sinful one. It is, as Biblical counselor and author Ed Welch said, voluntary slavery.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” 1 Corinthians 13-14

With God, you can overcome the voluntary slavery of drug abuse. **Note: I mistakenly wrote “involuntary slavery”. Although doing drugs appear to take over people’s lives and they seem to lose control, get sick, and have trouble stopping, it still involves the will. I know people who have come clean, some of the permanently.

Bucks County Faith Summit II, will come to Cairn University, Langhorne, PA on October 13, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.   https://www.facebook.com/BucksCountyFaithSummit/

Funding Voluntary Slavery

Fentanyl, that nasty stuff that street drug dealers have been mixing with dope, which makes users cuckoo and stays in the system after you get clean, has made the news again: levittownnow.com/2018/07/02/man-with-fentanyl-in-system-charged-with-crash/

A 20-year-old guy for whom fentanyl was found in his system reportedly changed lanes abruptly and crashed into another vehicle.

People who engage in destructive behavior like drug abuse need help!

In my last blog, I argued that the 100 some recovery houses in the Levittown, PA vicinity are more about making money than helping people with destructive habits. The establishment’s view and policy to fight the drug epidemic likewise is more about making money than helping people. By calling drug abuse a disease, it makes an excuse for the user, as a disease precludes the element of choice and the will. Labeling drug abuse “substance abuse disorder” likewise traps the user in a caste system whereby he or she is sentenced to a life-long sentence of voluntary slavery.

The criticism of the disease model of alcoholism applies just as well to drug and other forms of voluntary slavery: “…the disease theory of alcoholism exists only to benefit the professionals’ and governmental agencies responsible for providing recovery services, and the disease model has not offered a solution for those attempting to stop abusive alcohol and drug use.” -Wikipedia.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism

“Alcoholism” and “addictions” are simply sin. “Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.” — I Corinthians 15:34. “The primary problem is moral and spiritual, not medical, and cannot be addressed without that perspective,” wrote Franklin E. Payne, Jr., MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, Georgia.

Modern psychology doesn’t understand the real cause of behavioral problems and doesn’t know the right way to treat them. Dr. Payne explains “I have yet to see any patient’s chart with the diagnosis of ‘depression’ with reference to criteria that would fit any formal definition, such as the DSM-III-R. Yet, millions of patients carry this label and receive potent medications based upon this slipshod approach. Both the label and the medications have great potential for harm, as well as good. Further, such imprecision applies to virtually every area of medicine, not just psychiatric diagnoses. (A discussion of this ‘mal-practice,’ however, would require another paper in itself.)”

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men, can’t put broken people back together again.

God can.

Second Peter speaks of how evil, which promises deliverance/freedom, brings voluntary slavery.
promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.” 2 Peter 2:19

In places like Bucks County, PA, churches and individual Christians have been reaching out to a broken world to help rescue people from addictions and other besetting sins not for money, but to serve their Lord and their neighbors.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40