Friday, June 12, 2009

"alcoholics"

And for the record, because we are sinful and refuse to name the Creation the way God would have us, we call people "alcoholics" when they have been given over to the drink they worship. The bible calls such people "drunkards" - and with good reason, I think.

Alcohol is used very frequently in Scripture as a symbol of God's judgment and wrath. When people regularly receive God's mark of drunkenness, we undermine the authority of God in two ways by naming those people "alcoholics." First, we are wrong to give them an excuse, identifying their willful sin as an unwilled condition. Second, we are wrong to bar them from true repentance: one can stop himself from getting trashed all the time, but an alcoholic - being one who is, body and soul, addicted to alcohol - is an alcoholic for life, dry or wet.

2 comments:

Sarah said...

Good call, Schultz. I appreciated this. To me, it falls into the same category of other "labels" (ADHD, Depressed, etc.) that we give oruselves and others. As if the behavior is "okay" becuase they are a *fill-in-the-blank* and thats just how they "are."

Scott Schultz said...

Yeh, and yet I have to admit that it's pretty hard to break out of the habit of speaking that way. We both see a lot of this in the education field (ADHD, ODD, etc.).