‘Sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.’ James 1:15 NKJV
When God says no to sin, He’s not being demanding—He’s being protective. The Bible explains the dangers and subtleties of sin this way: ‘Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived.’ (James 1:14–16 NKJV)
Every so often the idea is floated of legalising certain drugs for recreational use. But it’s already been tried. In the late 1980s, the Swiss set aside some city property in Zurich, where addicts could legally shoot up and where free needles were provided. They were hoping to slow the spread of AIDS. The area of Platzspitz became known as ‘Needle Park’.
So how did the experiment work out? Almost overnight the number of drug users visiting the park zoomed from 200 to 20,000. Ten thousand ‘consumption events’ occurred per day, as users from all over Switzerland arrived to get in on the fun. They soon outnumbered the local population. The death rate went through the roof, as health officials sought to resuscitate as many as fifty overdose cases per day. And the crime rate, instead of decreasing, rocketed up. City officials finally called off the experiment and closed the park. Almost immediately the crime rate dropped to its former levels, and the programme ended in total failure.
When God says to you, ‘Don’t go there,’ it’s because He loves you and wants only the best for you. So be wise, listen to Him, and don’t go there!
SoulFood: 2 Cor 9:1–11:15, Luke 23:13–25, Ps 52, Pro 21:17
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