Another human volcano erupted in Levittown, PA. “I wasn’t in my right state of mind,” said a man who was recently sentenced to prison for assault, fleeing the police, recklessly endangering another person, and possession of control substances. “I was high on drugs,” he cried.
The pressure had built up through a dispute with a friend of a woman he attacked, compounded, no doubt, by drugs.
As I wrote in a previous blog, people don’t suddenly snap as if an alien had just remotely taken control of their minds. Viciously acting out like he did is a result of human character flaws, showing it’s ugly head when people can’t peacefully settle problems with others.
As Neil Young sang in The Needle and The Damage Done “there’s a little part of it in everyone.”
Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung related a story about visiting an insane asylum with an “intelligent layman”, who remarked that the people there were like the rest of us, except that their problems were greatly magnified.
Indeed, we all have problems. It’s a matter of degree. Earlier today, as I was struggling to reset my printer which I haven’t used for awhile so I could scan some documents, I became angry at my friend and yelled at her when she kept asking me dumb questions when I was trying to concentrate. After some snarling on both sides, after awhile we calmed down and made peace. I’ve prayed about my anger/frustration and to have more patience with my friend. I think, however, that having patience with technology is a lost cause for me! But at least you can’t hurt a machine’s feelings when you yell at it!
What causes us to not act right? It’s simply sin! Christians are sinners saved by grace, that is, unmerited favor.
In The Needle and The Damage Done, Neil pleaded with people not to destroy their lives with drugs.
By doing drugs, people never get satisfied. They keep wanting more and more, trying to reach that zenith point. “You can stretch right up and touch the sky”, rings a lyric in Mongo Jerry’s song. You can’t really do that even in the summertime when the weather is fine. With drugs, you keep reaching for the sky but, as Neil sang “Every junkie’s just a settin’ sun.” It just leads to death.
All of us are dead in sins. The only remedy for this is Jesus. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16
Once you accept Jesus into your life, that’s not the end of it! After salvation comes sanctification, putting off the old, sinful ways and transforming into a more Godly person. This is a lifelong maintenance project!
“I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Rom 12:1-2).
No matter what you did, Jesus will save you.
A counselor at a drug and alcohol treatment center told the guests who visit their loved ones to set rules, have borders, but to never condemn the ones they come to visit. When the Pharisees dragged a woman caught in adultery out in the street, Jesus told them who is without sin to throw the first stone at the woman. They left. Jesus asked the woman where they went and asked “has no one condemned you?”
“No,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” said Jesus, and added “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
The woman at the well, a prostitute, accepted Jesus. She not only followed Jesus, but went into town and lead others to him.
Likewise, people who used to be weighed down by drugs, alcohol and other problems can point them to the right direction. Jesus is the ultimate way to get clean. In fact, he is the way, the truth and the life.