Jim Henry, Pastor
Reprinted from Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Print #62,CT 107059
"SO YOU WANT TO MEET A REAL CHRISTIAN"
So you want to know what a Christian is like! In verses 1-3 we see the picture
of a Christian. It doesn't make sense at first, but as we go through it you'll see
what I'm talking about.
"You were dead in your trespasses and in your sins, in which you
formerly walked according to the course of this world and accord-
ing to the princely power of the air, of the spirit that is now
working in the sons of disobedience; among them, we too, all
formerly lived in the lust of the flesh, indulging the desires
of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath,
even as the rest."
I picked this article up coming in this week. It was in Time Magazine and it
was talking about cocaine, "The Middle Class High." It says, "The All-American drug
has hit like a blizzard with casualties rising." And it is estimated that at a
minimum, 10 million Americans are now using cocaine, and probably 15-20 million. In
closing, the writer says, "some observers of the American scene see an existential
Vacuum; a widespread sense that life has lost much of its meaning." Philosopher
Sidney Hook says,
"We have abondoned our old-fashioned values. We have given up our
old gods. People want things to come easily, they no longer want
to work hard, to suffer any pain, to feel any stress or anxiety.
Since the turbulence of the 60's more and more Americans have
come to feel that they have lost control over their lives. Finding
mom, God and apple pie less fulfilling; many have increasingly taken
refuge in drugs, sex and dissillusions. Cocaine, they think, makes
them feel stronger, smarter, faster and more able to cope with things.
It's more than the pleasure principle."
And then he goes on to tell about the thing they overlook; the psychological
damage that it does, and in closing he quotes Losh's book, The Culture of Narcissi ...
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