Westside Baptist Church of York  

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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor


"Who has woe? ... Those who linger long at the wine."                                               

  Proverbs 23:29

  In the book of Proverbs there are warnings against the over-indulgence of alcoholic beverages. "Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of the eyes?" Then it answers: "Those who linger long at the wine." Then even more miseries which drunkenness produces are listed. Finally, it concludes with, "When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?" In spite of the multitude of detrimental consequences, there is a craving for more. This entire description is true also of drug abuse. One's addiction to drugs grows ever stronger even though the dangerous and life-ruining effects are regularly experienced. While we tend to be aware of these tragic consequences, we are not as aware of the problems which which precede and contribute to such abuse. Substance abuse (and other types of addictions) are primarily spiritual problems. Why are so many people addicts? One leading reason, especially among young people, is peer pressure. They want to be liked and admired, not to be rejected or to appear a coward. What is important to many is not what God thinks of them, but what their peers think of them. "There is no fear (reverence) of God before their eyes." They live in a world where God counts for almost nothing, but where people are treated as if most significant. Parents seldom teach their children to be more concerned to have the praise of God than the praise of men. Another reason for substance abuse is people live with fears, worries, sorrows, guilt, shame, depression, and disillusionment, but are without God in the world. They have not submitted themselves to be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ. They have not repented of their sins, nor desire to have Jesus Christ reign as king over them. They know little or nothing of the Word of God, the Bible. Consequently, they seek some momentary euphoria and escape in substance abuse. Substances become substitutes for God; they submit to substances and are utterly ruined in the process. The problems of substance abuse are indicators of the spiritual vacuum predominant in this nation. The Lord Jesus Christ calls us to repent of our ungodliness and to submit to become His disciples. Unlike substances, His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.



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