The destruction of families
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler, whoever is led astray by them is not wise. — Proverbs 20:1
The initial divine plan for the creation of human beings was that they were to be created in the image and likeness of God, but sin destroyed the plan of the Creator, and from Adam to the babies that are being born as we write and you read, that divine image has been defaced.
Instead of being loving, kind, and thoughtful of others and their happiness, human beings have become destructive and selfish in thought, word and deed. Satan is only satisfied to kill, steal and destroy hopes, desires and aspirations. No matter how desperate Satan becomes through the works of his followers, it cannot compare nor surpass the love of our Father and his son, our Savior Jesus Christ. And the glory which you gave me, I have given them, that they may be one just as we are one. I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in me. – John 17:22-24
I pondered over our text for today when I drove through an inner city area; and from the time I turned off the main thoroughfare, there were on the left and right sides of the streets — young, middle-aged and old men drinking and carousing. As I turned a corner, like a meandering river, there were young women, then a patch of young men and still meandering, groups here and there, in yards and under canvas coverings, all having a good time drinking, only to the silence of empty and half-filled liquor bottles. By the time I got to where I was going, there was another large group!
If ever there was a powerful destructive evil force in our land, it is alcohol. You don’t need a lot of money to purchase it, but it will take away your self- esteem, destroy your family, rob you of the love and well-being of your children, take away your desire to work, cause you to be in a rage, and rob you of decency, dignity and decorum.
The apostle asks if we have taken leave of our senses and are unaware that our body is a precious and priceless gift. In my lifetime, I have heard stories of how alcohol has destroyed the best of the best, as well as the least of the least. It has turned beauty queens into hags, noblemen into vagrants, intellectuals into laughing stocks, leaders into beggars, and children of God into agents of the devil.
I tried to reach the Department of Statistics for a figure as to an average dollar amount spent on the importation of, let’s call it, wines and spirits, but wasn’t able to. I am willing to bet you that the price could almost match our national debt.
Again I say that the spirit of self-worth, family life and desire to work has left many, especially our men in the land. Strangely enough, you never see other ethnic groups in communal harmony consuming. Many of them work each and every day and send millions back to their homeland for their families. What in the world has gone wrong in our land? Is this the scourge of poverty, neglect and eventually loss of what God has given to us?
I still cannot fathom the proliferation of food houses that are allowed to sell alcohol beverages in the inner cities and anywhere the masses reside. We are right back to when I grew up on Hay Street and the bar rooms were everywhere. Like Delilah who found out Samson’s strength was in the growth of his hair, is it that from then until now, our strength is destroyed by the bottle.
The Bahamas is not slowly, but rapidly becoming a haven for drunkenness, laziness, squalor and poverty. No, it is not the plastic that is going to destroy these beautiful isles of the sea, but the bottle.
The Word of God through the wise one Solomon, declares then and now, wine is a mocker and strong drink is intoxicating. Again, I have seen the destruction of families from rum. How can blessings come from the evil of alcohol? I don’t care how lucrative it may be, the price of destruction will have to be paid.
Let me say here, since some would say what about marijuana? Like the parable of the 10 virgins and the five who needed oil for their lamps, but wanted the five wise to give them some, let those who are desperately in need of “oil” go to those who are selling and buy for themselves.
I pray to Almighty God that this evil spirit of alcohol be driven from our land so that the minds of the people may be renewed to those things that are pure, lovely and of a good rapport.