The Soul’s Trap


I’ve never understood purposely taking a substance that makes you forgetful or act like a fool. Most people work to avoid these symptoms which are neither fun nor a solution to the problems of life.

Over the years I’ve been convinced that drug and alcohol use is a sign of self-hatred. As a pastor, I’ve seen it a thousand times over in ruined relationships, lost jobs, car accidents, and scarred or dead children; the man smoking marijuana to unwind, the woman drowning her sorrows in booze, the teen on meth because he can’t cope, parents selling their kids for another hit.

Modern society calls addiction a “disease.” The Bible calls it sin. The attempt to escape daily reality is a symptom of self-hatred, despair and hopelessness.

Escapism isn’t an answer, but a personal relationship with Jesus creates contentment and hope, both now and to the very last breath of life.

Respect for the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil (Proverbs 19:23).


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