I read a news story the other day about how Jacksonville is in a drug epidemic. It seems heroin is the drug of choice for people in our area. Over 500 people overdosed and died last year in Duval County, Florida.

drugs-1889404_1920It is estimated that 208 Million people
consume illegal drugs.

Why would people turn to drugs? In most cases, it’s because they don’t feel loved. They look for something to give them the feeling of belonging. To fill that empty pit of hopelessness they have inside.

Usually, someone starts using drugs with friends as a teen because of peer pressure. Before they knew it, they were hooked. And those who come in contact with these people see drug abusers as weak and don’t understand why they don’t just stop using drugs.

Our society has forgotten how to show love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says that Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Society doesn’t understand why these people take drugs to begin with. Unfortunately, too many children are being raised by parents who find it easier to be a friend than a disciplinarian. Some of the kids were planted in front of a television or computer while their parents went off and did their own thing. Some even had parents who were addicted. When these children grew older, they didn’t know how to connect with others, so they turned to something, anything that they felt would help them feel connected to society.

watching-tv-2053384_1920An estimated 7 million kids between 5 and 14
are left home alone regularly.

The sad part is, once they are addicted, society wants nothing to do with them.

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…addiction is not about the pleasurable effects of substances, it’s about the user’s inability to connect in healthy ways with other human beings. In other words, addiction is not a substance disorder, it’s a social disorder. – Robert Weiss, LCSW, in his article “The Opposite of Addiction is Connection”[i]

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This country has a faction of people who would rather have drugs run rampant than have these same people believe in Jesus. Yet, the more we take God from this country, the higher the drug use.

Maybe I’m the only one who sees the connection.

I think we are a society of lost souls and are too politically correct to admit it. But God is love, pure and simple. He is the one thing we can connect with to keep from feeling alone. I see this epidemic only getting worse.

Atheists sue to take down God’s words, the cross, anything having to do with Jesus from public buildings. They say Jesus Freaks are just addicted to a religion, and God doesn’t really exist. I ask you non-believers, would you rather replace Him with heroin. It does seem to be the addiction of choice at the moment.

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[i] “The Opposite of Connection is Addiction,” Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, September 30, 2015, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/love-and-sex-in-the-digital-age/201509/the-opposite-addiction-is-connection

Being stupid in this world can cost you. I know. I bought some face lotion on-line. Normally I don’t purchase anything unless I can go through Paypal, but this company only took credit cards. I must have been too lazy to get my credit card because I put the charge on my bank card. I can’t tell you the last time I did that for any purchase online. Well, you guessed it, turned out to be a scam. Almost $200.00 later, and I’m fighting the charges.

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Being stupid in this world can Cost you.

If I’d done more research, I would have seen the complaints filed against this company, but I didn’t bother.

Every once in a while, I get sucked into something like this. A lot of others do too. It’s especially easy as an author with all the companies out there that claim they can get us sales.

We’ve all done dumb things we wished we could undo. A lot of it’s because we didn’t listen to that voice telling us to beware. I can’t help but think if I’d spent more time with God than on the Internet, I might have heard that warning voice clearer.

I’m just glad stupid things aren’t going to keep me out of Heaven. Yes, God wants me to use discernment. We learn this in Philippians 1:9 where Paul says, And this is my prayer: I pray that your love will grow more and more. I pray that you will have better understanding and be wise in all things. I wasn’t very wise. As humans, we have a tendency to jump instead of wait.

thieves-2012532_1920I’m lucky all that got me was an immoral on-line company.

Thankfully, I have God’s grace that gives me salvation. It’s one of the many gifts He has given us.

Discernment is another. In order to use it, we must be patient and listen to His voice. We, as Christians, should be wise about choices we make. Too often, we’ve allowed false teachings to guide us because we couldn’t tell the difference between good and evil.

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Life offers you a lot of invitations… Be wise enough to choose which are worth attending to. – Anonymous

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Today, I might have lost some money, but it’s better than losing my soul. It may sound silly to some of you, but it was a good lesson to me on discernment. I’m lucky all that got me was an immoral on-line company. If I’m not a bit more careful, it could be something far worse.

We all make mistakes, whether it’s being unwise, harming another, or worse. But if we ask for forgiveness, there is freedom. And take your time to listen to God or you might end up losing out. And the cost could end up being something far more than money.

 

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