Dr. Stanley Spence, Pastor First Baptist Church, Lincolnton, N.C.
In a recent study on drug addictions, it was found those with a healthy social network were less likely to become addicted to drug use than those who find themselves feeling isolated and alone. So what you may ask? Those children raised to know the love of God through church fellowship and close family ties are less likely to become addicted than those who are isolated and vulnerable.
When God wanted to gather His people He established a set of rules for guiding the people to live in harmony with one another. When Jesus saw the fabric of His community in Israel breaking down, He preached the sermon on the mount to re-establish order and community again where it was suffering. Maybe this was God’s plan all along; that we build a community in which the support of one another led to healthy self-esteem rather than self-doubt and hate. It would be vital for communities to cooperate with each other for the purpose of sustaining everyone.
C. S. Lewis once said during the Great War a less intelligent individual said this about limited resources, “if they won’t let us have bread we’ll just eat toast.” Of course his comment was intended to show how disconnected the person was from the reality that toast comes from bread. Health comes from social interactions where someone feels encouraged, uplifted, valued and useful. If we say people are not useful anymore, we create the environment for drug abuse no matter what their choice of drug is. Some drugs are chemical and others spiritual and still others mental. They all have one thing in common. They are unhealthy escapes from reality.
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