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Christian youths and drug abuse (2)
Bro. Roland E. Ogene
6. God, not drugs can be trusted to see us through the pain of life. Perhaps the only reason you’re interested in drugs is that they seem to offer relief from pain. Maybe life isn’t going the way you’d hoped. Maybe you’ve been abused. Maybe you’ve been rejected. Maybe you’ve been seriously disappointed by a friend. Maybe your parents divorced, and things are difficult. Wanting a reprieve is completely understandable. But some methods are definitely better than others.
Ponder this question: How do drugs really help? They may alter your perception of reality for a while, but they do nothing to change it. In fact, they only give you more problems in the end. Addiction. Isolation. Financial burden. More hurt piled on top of what was there before.
So, what can you do? Well, the first step is to trust in God. Sure, it’s easier said than done, especially in the middle of crushing circumstances. But listen to what He says: “Can a mother forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands” (Is. 49:15-16, NKJV). Though parents might abandon their children, God will never leave His.
A second step is to take constructive action. Find an adult you trust. Talk with him or her about your situation. Confront what you’ve lost, and try to deal with the pain honestly. Try to find constructive activities you can use to get away from it all for a while
Any Christian youth worth his /her salt does not need much literature on this subject to know that drug abuse in any form or shape must be avoided. It is a sin . There is no doubting the fact that youthful exuberance can temp youths to experiment with bad friends or colleagues. The counsel from the Holy Bible should be our watchword. In Psalm 1:1-2 , it is written, ‘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.’ Also in Proverbs 1:10, it is stated, ‘My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.’ Note that evil company will certainly corrupt good manners or whatever spiritual values you have. In 1 Cor. 15:33, it is is written, ‘Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.’
You cannot be drunk and hope that the spirit of God will abide in you. The two are incompatible. Drunkenness is a product of the works of the flesh. In Galatians 5:19-21, it is stated, ‘Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.’ Abusing alcohol and such like makes one to be in conflict with the laws of God. In Romans 8:5-8, it is written, ‘For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.’
Solomon , the wise king gave a graphic perspective of substance abuse using alcohol as the template in Proverbs 23:29-35, ‘Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.’
Youths are admonished to pay more attention to spiritual matters and invest their energy and potentials in Kingdom interests. The foundation of this principle is making the Holy Bible and our publications ones friend. In Psalm 119:9-16, it is written, ‘Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.’ Also in Psalm 1:2-3 , the Psalmist writes, ‘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.’
Anybody that abuses a substance starts from just once. Just to taste. Before you know it it has become an habit and a sin . It starts as a thought process which if not mortified can lead to sin. In James 1:13-15, it is made clear thus, ‘Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.’ Substance abuse should be resisted prayerfully at all cost. In James 4:7-8, it is stated, ‘Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.’ Once you make resisting the devil and his agents in your fake friends your habit the devil will not be suggesting his evil plans to you and God will definitely be near you .
Flee youthful lusts of experimenting with substance abuse. In 2 Tim. 2:22, St. Paul wrote, ‘Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.’