Thinking of Others
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Key Verse: Philippians 2:3-5
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus
Dr. Sheldon Gottlieb, MD, Director of the Diabetes-Heart Failure Program at John Hopkins Health Care, LLC, says, “Alcohol is a drug, the most widely available and most widely consumed drug in our culture.” Dr. Marvin Block, Chairman of the American Medical Association’s Committee on Alcoholism, confirms: “…(alcohol) a drug it is, in scientific fact.”
“OK,” many might say, “it’s a drug, but there are other drugs that people abuse, why pick on alcohol?” First, far and above all other drugs, it hurts our society. The George Washington University Medical Center reported that the estimated cost to our nation’s economy from accidents, health problems, crime, and lost productivity due to alcohol abuse is approximately $185 billion each year! Yes, that is $185 billion – with a B! That far exceeds all other drugs in their damage to our society…when added all together!
The United States Surgeon General in 2006, Richard H. Carmona, MD, stated that alcohol leads to more than 100,000 deaths each year in the United States. An MSNBC news report on September 24, 2004 stated that excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States and shortens the lives of these abusers by an average of 30 years. According to MADD, alcohol kills 6.5 times more young people than any other illicit drugs combined. Can sincere Christ followers make a case for supporting this industry even if they don’t abuse it?
“Father, grant me wisdom to gently and lovingly take a personal stand against anything that hurts people’s lives! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”