Get Help and “Get a Grip!”

Burbank_Crash(AP/ KABC-TV)

Five young people were killed on a recent Friday night, as their car spun out, crashed and burst into flames in Burbank, California. The trapped victims inside were reportedly “burned beyond recognition.” Paramedics said the one surviving passenger seemed to have alcohol on her breath.

The day before, we were told that alcohol may have also been involved in the fatal stabbing in San Francisco of a Dodger fan after the series-opening Giants and Dodger’s game.

Last June, we had multiple deaths due to wrong-way drivers on the Hwy 14 Freeway between Santa Clarita and Lancaster. In each case, the cause was drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol. In fact, nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic related deaths in the U.S. are DUI related.

Alcoholic consumption seems to be worshipped by our culture and wine is welcomed into many homes and social events—even Christian homes and events. All the while, impaired driving continues to take innocent lives!

The Bible may not condemn drinking wine but it does declare drunkenness is not wise and a sin.* Drunkenness would never be a problem, if alcohol were never imbibed, in the first place. But, that personal limitation is a choice only mature, selfless and scripturally-sensitive* individuals can make.

The Living Bible paraphrases 1 Corinthians 6:12 this way: “I can do anything I want to, if Christ has not said no, but some of these things are not good for me. Even if I am allowed to do them, I’ll refuse to if I think they might get such a grip on me that I can’t easily stop when I want to.”

Does wine—or harder drinks and drugs—have a grip on you or members of your family? Please, get help and “get a grip” on any substance abuse, before more innocent lives are taken or futures destroyed, by your excuses or excesses.

* See Proverbs 20:1 and 23:29-35; Romans 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-12; Galatians 5:19-211 Thessalonians 5:5-8;

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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