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CLC releases new resource on alcohol and drug use
by Ferrell Foster on July 18, 2019 in clc
To help Christians and churches better understand what the Bible says on both alcohol and illegal drug use, the Christian Life Commission has compiled a new resource. It is a six-page document titled "On Alcohol & Drug Use: A Biblical Perspective." (It does not deal with prescription drug abuse; we hope to do something soon on that subject.)
In American culture alcohol use is common. Advertising associates drinking with good times, parties, and beautiful people. It may not, however, be as widely consumed as sometimes perceived. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health said 70.1 percent of people reported they drank alcoholic beverages in the past year; 56.0 percent reported that they drank in the past month. That's most Americans, but almost half of Americans steered clear of alcohol over the previous month.
Still, the negative consequences of alcohol abuse are staggering. According the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, here are some of the stats:
- An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The first is tobacco, and the second is poor diet and physical inactivity.
- In 2014, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 9,967 deaths (31 percent of overall driving fatalities).
- In 2010, alcohol misuse cost the United States $249.0 billion.
- Three-quarters of the total cost of alcohol misuse is related to binge drinking.
- More than 10 percent of U.S. children live with a parent with alcohol problems.
A Biblical Perspective on Alcohol and Drug Use
Alcoholic beverages and certain drugs get attention today because they are abused, causing harm to both the user and to others. As a result, alcohol consumption is controlled, and the production, transportation, sell, and use of certain drugs is banned. Both alcohol and restricted drugs have the potential to negatively affect the mental and emotional state of the user and those with whom he or she comes into contact. Click here to read more.
Therefore: Christ and the Powers
We are all familiar with the powers that be: the government, the military, the academy, corporate America, the religious establishment.... The truth is that the course of our existence is profoundly influenced by the powers that be, the powers that frame our lives. Click here to read more.
Therefore: The Prophetic Imagination
While the phrase “prophetic imagination" never occurs in the text of scripture, these two words provide a critical key for understanding the message of scripture. We often think of imagination as a form of fantasy, as fanciful thoughts or mental constructs which contrast with the actual realities which frame our lives. Click here to read more.
Therefore: Death, Resurrection & the Redemption of the Body: Practicing Watchfulness
Reflecting biblical teaching, the Apostle's Creed ends with the affirmation, “I believe in… the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting." Yet against the testimony of Scripture and creed, our lives observably end in death.... Scripture gathers all of our observations into a solemn pronouncement: "You are dust, and to dust you shall return" (Gen. 3:19b) Click here to read more.
Book Thoughts: Connecting the Spiritual Life to Ethical Living - "Thirsty for God"
Bradley P. Holt
Christians typically think of spirituality as dealing with the interior life of prayer, meditation, contemplation, and possibly worship without connecting it to how they live their lives outwardly in the world. Bradley P. Holt, in his book, "Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality," is persistent in connecting inward spiritual experiences with outward expressions of Christian love and activity in the culture. Click here to read more.
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“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:13-16 NRSV
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