The Impact Of Drugs On Our Culture

November 5, 2012

The Impact Of Drugs On Our Culture

            It’s almost impossible for us to live in a drug free environment.  Like it or not; we are all under the influence of drugs to a certain extent.  They put chemicals in the water we drink and in the food we eat.  Farmers use chemicals in the production of their plants and animals.  Drugs that are making an impact on our society come basically from two sources.  There are illicit drugs and prescription drugs.  Illicit drugs always have a negative impact on us.  Prescription drugs can have either a positive or negative impact.  First we will consider the impact of illicit drugs.

Contrary to what some may think, drugs are mentioned in the Bible.  Among the works of the flesh mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21, we find the word “witchcraft.”    The Greek word spelled “pharmakeis” is the root word for pharmacology.  It clearly has to do with drugs.  The encyclopedia Wikipedia.com has an extensive article on the word.  If you would like to study it you can go to the following web site:  http://wikipedia.org/wiki/pharmakeia.

It is uncertain how extensive the use of drugs andsorcery was in New Testament times. It’s almost certain that it was practiced or it wouldn’t have been mentioned in the list of works of the flesh.  Most likely it wasn’t practiced as extensively as it is today.

 

Marijuana is probably the most common of the illicit drugs used today.  Those who defend it say it isn’t habit forming and that you can’t overdose on it.  That may be true, but studies show that young people who start smoking it most often go on to more potent drugs.  A study done by the National Academy of Science, and released in August of 2012, revealed that those who used marijuana in their teen age years have an average drop of 8 points in their IQ.  They are also vulnerable to mental health problems.  These facts were taken from the following web site: www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=38974.

There is much debate about the question weather marijuana should be legalized for recreational use.  It has already been legalized in 17 states and theDistrict of Columbia.  It’s hard to argue against the legalization of marijuana since alcohol and tobacco are legalized.  They too are hazardous.  The best approach is that of a concerted effort to warn people, especially young people, of the dangers of illicit drugs.  If we can convince people that these things are dangerous they will stay away from them.  If something isn’t wanted, there is no need of keeping it from people.

 

There are two main motives for using illicit drugs.  Drugs do make people feel good.  They stimulate the brain cells and body functions.  That’s why athletes sometimes use them.  We must help people understand that when they use these drugs they are putting their future well being at risk in exchange for a few brief moments of excitement.

Another motive for using illicit drugs is to escape from a problem.  We can’t deny the fact that many people face problems.  Many young people using drugs come from unhappy homes.  Others feel lonely, unloved and unwanted.  It’s possible to escape momentarily from problems by taking drugs, but after the effect wears off they are back in the midst of their problems.  Taking illicit drugs may create more problems.

A personal relationship with God offers us a source of consolation and well being.  I Peter 5:7 invites us to cast all our cares upon God because he cares for us.  A Christian is under obligation to care for his body.  I Corinthians 6:19-20 says “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?   For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  The Bible is an excellent source of help in keeping us from the menace of drugs.  God promises to give us discernment.  “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14).  In James 1:5 God promises to give us wisdom so we can discern between good and evil.  “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

We also need discernment in regard to prescription drugs.  It’s nearly always wise to take the advice of your physician in regard to drugs.  We would like to assume that they are aware of the danger of drugs, but they too can make mistakes.  I don’t share the thinking of those who look for an excuse to take their doctor to court for some grievance.  We owe it to ourselves to be informed about the danger of drugs.  We should be grateful for the many beneficial effects of drugs.  Can you imagine the excruciating pain we would have to endure if we had to submit to surgery without anesthetics?  At the same time, before our doctor writes a prescription for us, we should inform him of all our medical complications as well as other drugs we are taking.  It’s alarming the number of people who have become addicted to prescription drugs.  We do well to seek other sources of help before we resort to these drugs.  Many times a caring pastor or just a mature Christian can give you the help you need.

It is sad that behavior altering drugs are being given to hyper active children in school all the way up to old folks in rest homes.  Drugs are freely resorted to as a solution for almost every emotional problem.  It’s your life, my friend.  If a problem can’t be solved, it’s best that we learn to cope with it, but not by taking drugs.  God has promised to give us patience and longsuffering.  “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” (Colossians 1:11).

 

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