Don’t Do It: Religion Column by Rev. Susan Walker

Rev. Susan Walker
L Town Radio Guest
Religion Contributor

Don’t Do It

Romans 6:23 (NIV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I attended the funeral of a young person last week who had struggled with heroin addiction for several years. She didn’t make it. No one knows if she took her life intentionally or overdosed by accident but what we do know is that she very depressed and addiction to heroin did not solve the problem.

Someone today is deciding whether or not to try alcohol or drugs for the first time. Many young people are under tremendous peer pressure to try it “just once” but how many suffering people can testify that often you can’t do just one. Don’t do it! The 12 Step rooms of recovery teach us that “One is too many and a thousand is never enough!” Some people can try alcohol or drugs and walk away but for those with addictive tendencies, the first time is just the beginning of the road to hell.

The wages of using drugs and alcohol are spiritual, and many times, physical death. Just in case anyone needs a reminder of what doing “just one” will lead to, consider this well-known poem written by an anonymous author:

The Promises of Alcohol and Other Drugs

I promise to take your money and your home

and all you can get in the way of a loan.

I’ll take your character, your reputation, too.

Your good name, I’ll take from you.

Your family from you I’ll turn away

I’ll take your car; I’ll take your wealth

I’ll take your job; I’ll take your health

I’ll take your watch; I’ll take your chain

I’ll cause you to stay out in the rain

I’ll take your credit; I’ll take your bail

I’ll cause you to sleep in a dirty jail

I’ll cause you regret, remorse, and pain

I’ll cause your name to go down the drain

I’ll bring you misery, I’ll bring you woe

I’ll bring you trouble more than you now

I’ll take your clothes and pawn them, too

The necessities of life, I’ll take from you

I’ll take from you days; I’ll take from you years

I’ll double the flow of your bitter tears

I’ll take your heart and give you one of stone

I’ll cause you to walk through life alone

I’ll take away your desire to live right.

Your light of day, I’ll turn to night

I’ll cause you to dishonor your mother and dad

I’ll take all the pleasure you could have had

I’ll turn your love for your friends to hate

Your desire to repent will come too late

Your road to despair for you I will pave

I’ll cause you to fill a premature grave

I’ll put you in an institution for the insane

Your normal thinking I’ll not let you gain

I’ll cause you to murder your best friend

I’ll trouble your mind to the very end

I’ll bring you contention; I’ll bring you strife

I’ll finish with you by taking your life.

Thinking about doing “just one”? Save yourself a trip to hell and don’t do it! You can live through the ups and downs in life without drinking or using drugs by the power of the true and living God. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

If you are already addicted, find a 12 Step meeting near you and other people just like you are ready to help you with their experience, strength and hope.

To find an Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meeting, go to https://meetings.intherooms.com/meetings/search?latitude=35.506244&longitude=-81.172302&proximity=100

Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church of Lincolnton www.emanuelreformedchurch.com and she can be reached at 828-962-8196 or revsusanwalker@gmail.com. Rev. Walker is also a guest contributor of L Town Radio Faith and Lifestyle sections.

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