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In a recent opinion piece on Fox News, Dr. Keith Ablow wrote an article titled “America is Drunk.” He writes,
New data reveals that one in every six Americans downs eight mixed drinks within a few hours, four times a month. Twenty-eight percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 binge-drink five times a month, putting away seven drinks in one sitting. And 13 percent of those between the ages of 45 and 65 binge drink five times a month, too.
News of the magnitude of this intoxication—resulting in frequently and dramatically altered states of consciousness for tens of millions of Americans—is no different than if we were to learn that a quarter of our young people were snorting half-a-gram of cocaine more than once-a-week or injecting heroin on that schedule. The psychological/cognitive effects of seven or eight drinks are no less intense, and, possibly, even more dramatic.
And, what is the cause of this binge drinking? Ablow continues,
My theory is that Americans are on a flight from reality. Faced with painful facts—including the precarious state of the economy, the gathering storm represented by militant Muslims, in general, and Iran, in particular, the crumbling state of marriage in this country, the fact that our borders are being overrun, and the fact that our health care insurance system is in shambles (to name just a smattering of the troubles we desperately need to address)—we as a nation are drinking, drugging, gambling, smoking, Facebooking, YouTubing, Marijuaning, Kardashianing, Adderalling, Bono-ing (as in thinking of Chaz’s sad flight from reality as good), Prozacking, Twittering, and Sexting ourselves into oblivion.
Ablow is right about the problem. Americans are trying to escape this evil world. This is exactly what the Bible says in Romans 1. All mankind knows something is wrong with the world. We either accept Christ as the answer or suppress this truth. Thus, we all run to a gospel, a “good news,” to save us from this wicked world. It should not surprise us that mankind wants to escape their surrounding wicked reality. What should surprise us is that man refuses to accept the only thing that can save them from this wicked world: the redemptive work of Jesus Christ (Gen. 3:15; John 14:6).
How does Ablow answer the “America is Drunk” phenomenon? He doesn’t believe prohibition is the answer because it’s insufficient to answer the various reasons why Americans try to escape reality four to five times per month. Instead, he encourages Americans to “live their lives, be present, and to count–for real.” Why should Americans do this? Simply because “our future is uncertain, yet our prospects as great as the day God first blessed America.” Ablow’s prayer is that this will encourage Americans to “sober up.”
Ablow’s assessment of Americans is accurate, but his answer to the problem is just as detrimental as the problem. “Think happy thoughts and respond to happy thoughts” is not an answer to binge drinking. The answer to one false gospel is not another false gospel. The answer to the human desire to escape this evil world is the only One who came to save us from this evil world: Jesus Christ. Our only hope is not ourselves or happy thoughts about our future, but the contrary, a repentant response to the reality that we are sinners living in an evil world under the curse, and our only hope of salvation is a Carpenter who lived two thousand years ago. God the Son took on a human nature, fully God and fully man, lived a sinless life, and then was crucified as if He committed the sins of all humanity, so that all those who come to Him will be treated as if they lived His sinless life. In other words, the way to escape this evil world is not alcohol or possibility thinking, but the finished work of Christ alone. He has conquered this evil world and is conquering it as revealed through His resurrection. One day He will return to rescue those who believed in Him. They will rule and reign with Christ forevermore.
Will you trust in Christ as the only escape from this evil world and your wicked heart, or will you attempt to rescue yourself through alcohol or happy thoughts?
Source: “America is Drunk” by Dr. Keith Ablow.
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