My heart has been extremely heavy the last couple of weeks. I know that across our country we are dealing with a severe opioid epidemic that is taking lives every day.
I can only speak about what I see in my community, and my heart is breaking and angry all at the same time.
The state of individuals using drugs has become completely ridiculous. I say this as one who was addicted in the past myself and who has been working with those caught in addiction for fifteen years. I am not being insensitive. I have dedicated my life to helping individuals find freedom from addiction through the only one who can transform a life, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our team is constantly on the streets loving and ministering to those whose lives have been ravaged by sin and addiction.
Even when we are about our daily routines we see people all over the city completely out of it, holding onto poles to not collapse; sitting and nodding until their heads have hit the ground; frozen in the middle of the sidewalk without moving; women walking the streets involved in prostitution to support their habits, and the guy who once was just someone to keep her safe has now become the one she needs protection from. It is a sad situation. It’s not only in downtown Camden, it is throughout our city and surrounding areas.
It is like literally living out the TV show “The Walking Dead.” It has been very troubling to me to know that this is becoming the norm for our children to see people so high that they can’t hold themselves up. This in no way is a hate statement against those using, because I was there at one time in my life.
My heart aches that people are so hurt that they would rather live life in a coma state because their realities are so bad. I’m angry because our children are becoming accustomed to drug addiction being part of their everyday lives.
I believe, as a Christ Follower and one who believes every word of the Bible is true, that we are living in the last days. I believe that there is a God and there is a devil. I would have never thought that drug addiction would play such a big part of the enemy’s plan to steal, kill, and destroy us, but it is happening all around us.
The world is doing the best they can to try and combat addiction with all of their methods and I am not against them; some of their methods have saved people, but those methods are not enough. The only way for real transformation is to introduce individuals to their Creator.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
My hope is for each person to understand the profound love that God has for them. To understand the plan that He set into motion so long ago to save them from not just the hell that some live on this earth but the hell that is waiting for eternity if the simple yet profound choice of believing in Jesus and the cross is not made before departing this earth.
It is with great urgency that I call out to all the believers who truly know God, who believe that He is able to transform, heal, and deliver. Please do not stand idly by while Satan kills our children and sedates them to sleep, while life passes them by until suddenly they are lying on the ground fighting for their last breath while Narcan is being administered to try and save their lives.
We have the answer, Jesus came and died on the cross for All of us.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Yes, even the one who is living on the street and hasn’t bathed in days and smells like hell because all he/she does is get high, Jesus loves him or her. They are part of the All.
For all Christ Followers, it is time to come out of our comfort zones. Whatever the cost. Open your mouths and share the Gospel. God is ready to pour out His spirit. We have the answer.
“‘In the last days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Acts 2:17
We can no longer watch from the sidelines and say nothing. Let’s begin to share the truth of God’s word and set the captives free.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” Luke 4:18
It is believed that in the last days, as the world is getting worse and evil seems as if it is winning, a great revival will explode. That revival begins with you and me seeking God in prayer and sharing the Gospel with all whom we come in contact.
Please intercede with me in prayer for those who are lost in addiction. Yes, they need our practical help, but more then ever they need a spiritual touch from the only one who can save their very souls.
Jesus, our Lord and Savior.