Got Milk?

Asking druggies to turn in their drugs is like telling people who came into town in the wild west to turn in their guns to the sheriff. To cowboys, a gun was an indispensable tool for self-defense and it was always by their side. Likewise, drugs are an indispensable crutch for dopers who, like Gregor in Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” don’t want to face the world.  

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

People hooked on drugs are just like a girl who can’t say “no”. They can’t say “no” to drugs. Why do you think they call it dope? Oh, I shouldn’t say that; it would hurt the snowflakes’ self-esteem.

You mean that humans actually have a will? A choice? What a novel idea!

“Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” Psalm 32:9

In an interview on ligonier.com, Pastor and Christian counselor Jay E Adams explains the problem of the idea of self-esteem:

TT: How has the emphasis on “self-esteem” impacted the church, and how should Christians respond?

JA:The emphasis is not biblical; consequently, wherever it is touted it has affected the church adversely.

The emphasis upon sin in a Christian’s life and the need to deal with it as God’s Word requires, in many places, has been replaced by teaching that we are better than we think—when just the opposite is in most cases true.

I have dealt with the topic at length and demonstrated how far-removed it is from a biblical view in a book titled The Biblical View of Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Self-Image.

In order to provide a base for such teaching, the Bible—and even the gospel—have been distorted. For instance, Jesus speaks of two commandments: to love God and neighbor; thus, the emphasis on self-esteem directly contradicts Him.

Moreover, God’s grace in saving miserable sinners has been replaced by heretical teaching, such as saying that it is because we are so valuable that Christ came to redeem us. Not all who hold self-esteem views go so far, but many do.

We need to have a biblically based view of our true position in Christ in order to have a biblical perspective on ourselves.

Trying to deal with the opioid epidemic, which some consider a national emergency, people are blaming it all on the drug pushers and drug companies, when the real reason is that we pushed out God. Druggies are made victims.

A breath of fresh air: At an event at the Heritage Foundation Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said it’s important to “reestablish the view that people should say no to drugs.”

In Levittown, PA, the alleged emergency shelter has a waiting list. Why? Because of the cockroaches who don’t want to face the world, many come from the recovery houses and, like the drunks, go in and out of the shelter’s revolving door – in and out of what has become a flop house for dopers and drunks. People who are just homeless, and just need a place to stay have to live with criminals and may have to deal with harassment, theft and even violence. I got word that one of the women who mugged a homeless woman had stayed in the shelter but was said to have been living in the woods outside the local tech school. The other is wheeling around at large. To my knowledge, neither have been arrested for the mugging. One of them is allegedly a druggy and the other a glutton.

Druggies, enabled by the establishment, who tells them they are victims of a disease called “substance abuse disorder” are as cavalier about scoring drugs as people are about buying milk.

Got milk?

There Is Another Way

Like Ralph the Wolf is chased by Sam the Sheepdog, dope suppliers are relentlessly pursued and caught by authorities. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=cartoon+sheepdog+ralph+and+sam&view=detail&mid=40939B9D29BEFF396AD040939B9D29BEFF396AD0&FORM=VIRE

Yet, the dope dealers keep coming back, episode after episode, bringing harm to dumb sheep – sheep in the sense that they don’t use the brains God gave them. Their uncontrolled urges prompt them to do dumb things.  “Why do you think they call it dope?” -the slogan back in the day when illegal drugs started hitting the Philadelphia suburbs.

A recent Sheepdog/Wolf episode in real life: http://levittownnow.com/2017/06/20/rangers-man-drove-park-narcotics-illegal-gun-vehicle/

The beat goes on.

In past blogs, I condemned the conventional wisdom, the mantra that we hear from many sources, including government entities. Recently I heard New Jersey Governor Chris “Krispy Kreme” Christy, pitching a drug treatment program, say “drug addiction is a disease.” With this philosophy it’s no wonder the drug abuse problem is getting worse.

There is a way to break this cycle!

There is a problem when people look to the government, as if it’s The Wizard of Oz, to solve all their problems. I see this mentality in Bucks County, PA. Recently, after a young junkie died from an overdose, his kin demanded the school district do something about the drug problem.

To resolve the drug abuse problem, you have to go to the root of it. In the 60s, young people searched for meaning in life. Although the 60s counterculture didn’t have the right answers, they did understand some social ills. Evangelist Francis Schaeffer aptly points out  “…the hippies of the 1960s did understand something. They were right in fighting the plastic culture, and the church should have been fighting it too… More than this, they were right in the fact that the plastic culture – modern man, the mechanistic worldview in university textbooks and in practice, the total threat of the machine, the establishment technology, the bourgeois upper middle class – is poor in its sensitivity to nature… As a utopian group, the counterculture understands something very real, both as to the culture as a culture, but also as to the poverty of modern man’s concept of nature and the way the machine is eating up nature on every side.” (Pollution and the Death of Man)

As Paul Revere and The Raiders sang in Kicks, drugs are not the answer:

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…”

Paul concludes:

That road goes nowhere
I’m gonna help you find yourself another way

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=paul+revere+and+the+raiders+kicks&qpvt=paul+revere+and+the+raiders+kicks&FORM=VDRE

There is another way. 12 Step programs.

More than seventy years old, 12 Steps has been successful.  Back in 1931, a business executive found this kind of program worked. He had undergone treatment for alcohol abuse for a year with Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, but soon returned to the bottle and went back to Dr. Jung for treatment. Dr. Jung told the executive his case was nearly hopeless, as was often the case with other drunks and that the only hope was a spiritual conversion with a religious group. And, if you click on the link, you’ll find a happy ending.

By the way, the 12 Steps started with six steps.

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

Today, some 12 Step programs combine help for alcohol, drug, and other problems. For example, Celebrate Recovery: http://www.celebraterecovery.com/index.php/about-us/twelve-steps

God is the ultimate shepherd who protects his sheep from harm.