“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” – 2 Corinthians 4:4
Recently, Pennsylvania renewed the opioid disaster crisis declaration. levittownnow.com/2018/04/04/governor-extends-opioid-disaster-declaration/
A declaration? All the king’s horses and all the king’s men can’t put humpty dumpty back together again.
How do we resolve the opioid crisis?
The first step is to get to the root of the problem. It is not a disease, which conventional wisdom, broadcast all over the place, says it is. As Hitler said, tell a lie enough times and people will start believing it. Drug addiction is sin, besetting sin.
Opioid and other addictions are a matter of idolatry, the worship of false gods. We worship false gods by not accepting, worshipping what God graciously gives us, but trying to find satisfaction outside of the kingdom of God. Habitually overindulging in food, even something as innocuous as cupcakes is an example of this.
Wanting to have someone of the opposite sex as a mate to share your life with is good. But when you expect that a mate will give you something that only God can give you, then he or she becomes an idol, a false God. Also, God must be put first and God must be in the relationship, as are Godly principles, such as considering the other person more important than yourself – putting your spouse first.
One of the false Gods, drug abuse promises satisfaction, but delivers nothing but misery, and eventually an early death. As Paul Revere and the Raiders sang in Kicks:
Girl, you thought you found the answer
On that magic carpet ride last night
But when you wake up in the mornin‘
The world still gets you uptight
Well, there’s nothin’ that you ain’t tried
To fill the emptiness inside
When you come back down, girl
Still ain’t feelin’ right
And don’t it seem like
Kicks just keep gettin’ harder to find
And all your kicks ain’t bringin’ you peace of mind
Before you find out it’s too late, girl
You better get straight
No, but not with kicks you just need help, girl
Well you think you’re gonna find yourself
A little piece of paradise
But it ain’t happened yet, so girl, you better think twice
Don’t you see no matter what you do
You’ll never run away from you
And if you keep on runnin‘ you’ll have to pay the price
Looking for satisfaction (which Mic Jagger sang he could not get) in all the wrong places – through drugs, makes you broke, lose your home, fosters prostitution, and alienates people. The drug user becomes very lonely – creates a self-imposed solitary confinement even in a crowd.
King David, after committing the sin of adultery, found himself in the pit of despair, into a great depression:
When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.… -Psalm 32: 3,4
But when he confessed his sin to God, David was restored, healed:
Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me–now let me rejoice. –Psalm 51:8
Likewise, drug addicts can become clean, healed, restored to the way God made them by turning to God. Recently, a drug addict in Bucks County, PA who had abused drugs off and on for years, who became homeless for a season, who was headed for destruction, responded to God’s call and is now clean. Consequently, she is getting her life together, is more peaceful, and is a much more likeable person.