I Can Change The World?

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And I can change the world 

 I will be the sunlight in your universe 

 You would think my love was really something good 

 Baby if I could change the world”  -Eric Clapton Change The World 

As humans, we cannot, on our own, change the world. Late summer, after God took someone close to me home as a result of past drug abuse, I decided to join a cause to fight the drug abuse epidemic. Since then, I’ve tried to help people who are trapped by the voluntary slavery of drug addiction. I talked with them, but they didn’t follow through with the help I offered.   

People have told me “Jeff, you can’t change the world.”  That’s true. I get bummed out when I can’t help people change their destructive behavior.  I wish I could stop the insanity, which is reflected in the words of beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the beginning of Howl: “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,…”    

With the addicts I’ve interacted with, I was successful in that I did what I could to rightly minister to them. Anything else is God’s role, not mine.  One thing I learned in a 12 Steps program is that one cannot fix people. Life doesn’t work that way. 

Today as I continued to go through The Life Recovery Devotional, I was reminded, admonished that I cannot change the world. Ultimately, that’s God’s job. Christians are just an instrument of God, his ambassadors. The devotional is on Step One: “We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies and that our lives had become unmanageable.”    

Although we are not responsible for results, we must reach out and serve others, including drug addicts. I agree with Os Guiness, who said that Christian faith should not be “privately engaging but socially irrelevant.” This is why faith-based groups, such as Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) do what they do.  http://www.clprm.org/ 

The Life Recovery Bible, devotional and workbook doesn’t just address drug and alcohol problems. It also helps people overcome compulsive behaviors, other hurts, bad habits and hang ups, the root of which is sin. The Bible has a solution for any human problem that is not physiological.  

The much publicized opioid crisis is ultimately a spiritual epidemic, and the answer is found with God and His ambassadors. 

“15 Whatever is has already been, 

    and what will be has been before; 

    and God will call the past to account.

16 And I saw something else under the sun: 

In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
    in the place of justice—wickedness was there. 

17 I said to myself, 

“God will bring into judgment
    both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
    a time to judge every deed.” 

18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath[b]; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?” 

22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? 

Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness 

4 Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: 

I saw the tears of the oppressed—
    and they have no comforter;
power was on the side of their oppressors—
    and they have no comforter.
2 And I declared that the dead,
    who had already died,
are happier than the living,
    who are still alive.
3 But better than both
    is the one who has never been born,
who has not seen the evil
    that is done under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 3:15 – 4:3