The Drug Culture

May 6, 2014

The Drug Culture

            A solution for the drug culture is on the minds of many in these days.  Is there a solution?  Perhaps there isn’t.  There will always be those who choose to abuse themselves and hurt others by living in sin. We have laws against the manufacturing and selling of drugs.  At best, they are a preventive, not a solution.  That approach was tried with regard to alcohol, but it failed.  I don’t advocate rescinding our laws against making and selling drugs, but let’s face it, they aren’t very successful.

Some say, “You can’t legislate morality.” There is an element of truth to that, but there are laws that at least restrain and discourage immoral acts.  Laws are for our protection.  The laws against theft and murder don’t give us complete assurance that we will never be victims, but if it weren’t for those laws, we would be in much greater danger.  No doubt, the drug laws we have serve to curtail the drug problem.  Let’s keep them while we look for a better way.

There is a better way.  It is by   practicing the admonition that we find in the Bible.  The Bible has an answer for all our social problems.  The farther we get away from biblical teaching the more social problems we have.

People need to be informed.  Galatians 6:7-8 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.   For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Yes, there are those who ignore the warning of danger and do it anyhow.  There are those who have so little self-discipline that they go on giving into fleshly desires, even knowing that they will suffer for it.   They give heed to the advice that says, “If it feels good, do it.”

Does that mean we should stop warning them?  Of course not!  Warnings about the danger of drugs are just one avenue of curtailing the problem.

You and I can help people, especially young people, by means of admonition.  A good definition of the word “admonition” is gentle persuasion.  It is sometimes just a warning about the danger of drugs accompanied by a heartfelt concern about their wellbeing. If you have occasion to talk to someone who is already taking drugs, it doesn’t help to rebuke or admonish them.  They need admonition to stop taking drugs.  Admonition is more effective if it is given by more than one person.  People need to know that someone cares for them.

People need to be properly oriented to life.  They need to have a goal in life.  They need to have a reason for living.  It is sad to find that many young people have given little thought to their future in life.  They just plan to wait and see what opportunities present themselves

It has been said, “If you aim at nothing, you are sure to hit it.” A life without a goal is an empty life.  It doesn’t accomplish anything worthwhile.  Young people need a challenge.  Perhaps they don’t have a specific career in mind, but they need to know that they need to head in the right direction.  If they are rightly oriented to life they will know that they will never have any great success in life without an education

Young people need to know that there are habits that can cripple them for life.  It may just be laziness or carelessness.  It may also be addictions.  Psalm one sets forth counsel that will lead us to prosperity and the blessed life.  “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.    But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.   The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.    Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.   For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

Now let’s put all this in the context of the drug culture.  Illegal drugs have nothing good to offer us.  They are a threat to our future happiness and wellbeing.  They won’t help you get to where you want to go in life. To the contrary, they will hinder and stop you.  All these drugs have to offer is a temporary sensation of euphoria.

Young people are fortunate if they grow up in a family with parents and siblings that care for them, and when needed, know how to admonish them.  One of the leading causes of the drug culture is the breakdown of the family.  Strengthening the family would solve a lot of problems; not just the drug problem.

We will never stop the drug problem just by making it illegal to make and sell drugs.  We need to get at the cause of the problem.  People who are rightly oriented to life have no desire for drugs.  If there is no market for drugs, there will be no profit in making and selling them.

When it comes to drugs, many adults are just as gullible as teen agers.  They may not buy illegal drugs, but when they face emotional problems, they go to the doctor to get a fix to help them live with their problems.  Before they know it, they find themselves addicted to prescription drugs.  Instead of fixing the problem, they treat the symptoms.  Many times in life we are called upon to face hardships and loss.  In John 16:33 we read that Jesus said “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Those who know God personally find that God is able to sustain them in times of stress.  I Peter 5:7 says that we can cast our cares on Jesus.  “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” God’s cure for stress will not leave you in danger of being addicted to drugs.

Young man, young woman, success in life is a far greater satisfaction than you will ever get from drugs.  Have the common sense and will power to say no to drugs.  It is your duty to yourself, to those who know you and love you, and to God.  Put your faith and trust in God for salvation and seek his will for your life.  He can give you a life that is worth living and a glorious future that goes beyond this life.

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