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/