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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Are You A Christian Addict?

I received a phone call today to pray for someone I have known for over 40 years that has begun using drugs. When I say this person has begun using drugs I mean he has begun using them ‘again’. It has been a vicious cycle of drug addiction for this brother who states he is a Christian and loves God. Some who read this will say if he is drug addict he cannot be a Christian and this post is not about whether or not he is a Christian but about the various addictions that many who say they love God struggle with.

Think about it, every sickness and disease that attacks those who do not say they are disciples of Jesus also attacks those who are disciples. The difference is or should be that the delivering, healing power of God to change the situation should be operative in the life of believer. But is it? What about Christian addicts; no I don’t mean just drug addicts but food addicts, attention addicts, approval addicts, sex addicts, church addicts etc. Yes, church addicts. Church addicts are those people addicted to the habit of ‘all things church’ rather than committed to a true relationship with Jesus Christ. Life for the church addict is going through the motions with my church, my pastor, my denomination, my ministry, my anointing, my purpose and all things out of habit rather than relationship.

To make sure we are on the same page an addict is defined as a person who is addicted to an activity, habit or substance and let’s face it many Christians have activities and habits that they are addicted to.

We often compartmentalize these habits and say this one (such as food addictions) is not as bad as this one (such as drug addiction) but what is God’s perspective since they both harm you?

I know it can be challenging to wrap your mind around the fact many people (Christians included) eat themselves to death but obesity is on the rise and the body of Christ definitely has its contributing percentage to the stats.
Addict also means to habituate or abandon (oneself) to something compulsively.

Some Christians justify their addictions by saying “I’m okay” because their habit does not fall in the category of drugs or sex—the so-called bad addictions. Ladies and Gents ANY ADDICTION IS A BAD ADDICTION. Without a doubt God desires every one of his sons and daughters to be FREE from addiction, no matter what the addiction is. A tiney thought ….njs

1 comment:

  1. That tiny thought is totally telling it like it is. OUCH!