Meth-Heads; Got Guns? (Bad News Week, Part 1)

Maybe it’s a violation of the apostle Paul’s advice to think on the positive things. Maybe it’s a wary eye cast over the shoulder in order to see the value of that advice. Maybe it’s a tip of the hat toward a friend’s survivalist, gloom-and-doom expectations. Maybe it’s a plea to face the reality of life in the world today, or perhaps a way of asking what Jesus would have us do about problems that we do not face directly–but could face in the future. Or a bit of all of the above.

The attention this week is on a number of issues that cannot be taken as good news. We will, however, ask what the good news might be in these situations, what our responses should and should not be, and whether or not we can expect anything to improve. The items are taken from a link forwarded to me by said friend, which I’ll provide for those who are interested. We’ll take these issues one at a time in daily posting this week. The first is the matter of illegal drugs, especially “meth.” For starters, this from the article:

<emIt isn't talked a lot about anymore, but the meth epidemic in America is getting worse. According to PBS, there are approximately 1.4 million meth users in America. Meth is unbelievable addictive and it can absolutely destroy your life. If you doubt this, just check out these before and after pictures.
Sadly, there are indications that meth use is on the rise once again. According to the DEA, meth seizures increased from 2,839 in 2007 to 6,168 in 2010.
When you take meth, it can literally make you crazy. The following is from a recent USA Today article….
A mother in Bakersfield, California, was sentenced Tuesday for stabbing her newborn while in a meth rage. An Oklahoma woman drowned her baby in a washing machine in November. A New Mexico woman claiming to be God stabbed her son with a screwdriver last month, saying, "God wants him dead."
Large numbers of meth addicts turn into thieves when they run out of money. Often, they will steal just about anything they can in order to get money for their next hit. Some things that meth addicts have stolen recently include agricultural plumbing, copper wiring and lawn sprinklers.
And making meth can be extremely dangerous as well. U.S. hospitals are filled with thousands and thousands of uninsured burn patients that were horribly burned while trying to make "shake and bake" meth.
The following comes from a recent Daily Mail article….
It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment – a burden so costly that it is contributing to the closure of some burns units.
So-called 'shake-and-bake' meth is produced by combining raw, unstable ingredients in a two-litre bottle.
But if the person mixing the noxious brew makes the slightest error, such as removing the cap too soon or accidentally perforating the plastic, the concoction can explode, searing flesh and causing permanent disfigurement, blindness or even death.
A survey of key hospitals in America's most-active meth states showed that up to a third of patients in some burns units were hurt while making meth, and most were uninsured.
But of course meth is just one of the highly addictive drugs that are plaguing our youth. There are many other nightmarish drugs that could also be discussed. Nearly every community in America is dealing with some sort of a drug problem, and despite the "war on drugs" this crisis just seems to keep getting worse every single year.

Perhaps some readers have been touched by this problem in one way or another; but it is, for now, out of sight and mind for most of us. The contention of the article, however, is that the increasing desperation of those caught up in the search for drugs will eventually threaten more and more “common” citizens in more and more “typical” communities. When it happens, how should people be prepared to defend themselves against those who threaten the safety and security of home and family? Or should the proverbial other cheek be offered in all circumstances? Should Christians all have guns to use? Should they hope the non-Christian neighbor has one and will come to the rescue?

And what about the word to the addicted ones? What sort of good news do you have for them? And what good news do you have for those who are potentially, but not yet involved?

One thought on “Meth-Heads; Got Guns? (Bad News Week, Part 1)

  1. It is actually Boom, Gloom, Doom….. (rinse and repeat) or so our forefathers looked at history and as Thomas Cole painted in “The Course of Empire.”

    I’ve found the Gospel narrative on “cheek” and “cloak” to be difficult to integrate, it should be no surprise to some that at Ebenezer EC church Sunday school at seven I was nearly thrown out of the class due to my militant defiance on the cheek flannelgraph narrative. ending with a major dressing down my Mother received from the teacher, who was her sister-in-law and my aunt.

    We seem far away from Numbers 42 “And I will give you peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid” but perhaps this was possible due to the elaborate laws that were allowed for self defense “If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed” (Exodus 22:2).

    While I have not been slapped on the cheek in a long time, or punched, I did not respond/retaliate but neither did I think I was going to suffer grievous bodily harm, death, or non-consensual sex (rape) due to it.

    Our American framework is set upon English Common Law including Pennsylvania law (though slowly being eroded) who’s major players (especially in the 16th Century) were either Christians or certainly highly influenced by the Christian milleu, such as Bacon, Blackstone, Coke.

    The three criteria for using deadly force in the state of Pennsylvania are as above (grievous harm, death, rape) in the context of your home and now your business and vehicle. Pennsylvania law believes that there are thresholds for inaction, and action.

    I rather doubt that you would raise a hand against anyone stealing your most favorite possession, but what about your grandson? I see gradients in the Gospels, and certainly in the OT, but I also believe that the Holy Spirit is present for this from constraint to wisdom. I recently read the testimony of a policeman and the 18 times he felt he was about to be grieviously harmed where he did not pull the trigger, 4 of them were with other policemen (in the dark).

    As for drugs, well my experiences with the major drugs including Heroin is such that whatever I think I knew about the person I set aside, my trust gets to zero, and I’m prepared for anything to possibly happen. Meth among other things in being an energizer (unlike Heroin) is a MAJOR sexual stimulant. “meth babies” bring me to consider court mandated sterilization.

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