There is an avoidable tornado hitting many homes. Some crises, we can dodge. Stupid decisions bring pain. We know to avoid: poisonous snakes, broken glass, wet roofs, smoking near gas fumes, dangerous ladders, faulty tires and bad friends. We should know better.
Another quite avoidable crisis lurks out there. Like a robber who enters to steal, this thief can steal: spouse, children, home, career, health, money, self respect, character, reputation, freedom, peace, joy and eternal life. It is alcoholism. It begins so innocently. It calls out to the naïve, the fun-loving, the young and simple, the party-goers, the sports fans.
“For the time already Past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousals, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.” (1 Ptr. 4.3 NAS).
Scarcely a family or clan has escaped this menace. Foolish fathers, husbands, prefer the company of beer hole buzzards to pitching ball with their kids. The sweet, peaceful atmosphere of home is no longer enough for the drink-craving, beer-soaked brain. Other sins enter. The enemy camouflage the danger with lies – terms like: happy hour, a social drink (which can lead to fights), one for the road, nightcap, relaxation or sports bar.
Little children deserve better than this. They did not ask to be brought into this world. They now need to be top priority.
The hardest thing in the world to justify is alcohol. – Abraham Lincoln.
The bride who marries a drinking man or addict need not shed tears at the wedding altar. She will have plenty of time to weep afterward.
Unwise choices have consequences. Addiction tends to get worse not better. Accept that the drinker, the druggie, is already married. At best the mate is number two or three. No family savings are safe. Lies undermine trust and happiness. Hooking up with a heavy drinker, a regular drinker, will bring regret.
Satan plays a deep game with liquor. He will wait years to get one addicted or one’s loved one. Complacency can be part of the problem. Are we talking about this to those near us? Big downside . . .