Pubdate: Sat, 28 May 2011
Source: Haliburton County Echo, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2011sOSPREY Media Group Inc.
Author: Gene Monin, Pastor, City Bible Church, Sault Ste. Marie


"I hate the gatherings of those who do evil, and I refuse to join in
with the wicked." (Psalm 26.5)

In May, more than 10,000 people marched from Cuernavaca to Mexico City
to protest the thousands of killings in Mexico's drug war with the
cartels. They protested about the more than 35,000 people killed,
hundreds of kidnappings, and the failure of a military solution that
has been going on for more than six years. Massive corruption of law
enforcement has added to the problem.

In the speeches, the problem was laid on all who create demand for
drugs, not only the drug cartels. They make a connection that everyone
who uses illegal drugs, either recreationally or by addiction, is
fuelling the killing. The demand of North Americans creates the huge
monies that change hands. These monies also push the smuggling of guns
in the reverse direction from the U.S. into Mexico to the drug cartels.

The speakers said there is blood on everyone's hands who keeps this
business thriving. If you have ever used drugs, are you in some part
responsible for the violence in Mexico? The carnage is spilling
northward. The demand produces the supply.

A college student wrote that it drove him crazy that friends who
organized boycotts of different companies for their perceived
antisocial corporate acts would also use illegal drugs, such as marijuana.

They saw that supporting corporations by buying their products helps
fund activities of which they disapprove. Yet they could not see how
their drug use funded the violence surrounding the drug trade.

A Chilean teenager said he was an occasional user of marijuana and
other drugs, and thought it was just a normal thing to do. Then he saw
a video showing how drug dealers in Peru would kill Chilean people and
put drugs in their bodies. So when the bodies were returned to Chile
the drugs were smuggled in.

He really felt he had blood on his hands. He asked, "Do we, as drug
consumers, have a part in that? I definitely think we do. I stopped my
consumption from that day, and I explained it to my friends and
whoever I could."

North Americans enjoy their cheap clothes and appliances, and forget
the very young people who work in modern-day slavery to feed their
whims. Do we care how our purchases are manufactured? Jesus does.

The thought that a bunch of teenagers getting high after school truly
had blood on their hands sounds absurd. We understand our contribution
yet are unwilling to change our behaviour. How does one person change

This is where Jesus comes in because we are our brother's and sister's
keeper. Everyone makes his or her own choices in life, but if those
choices hurt others then we need to stand back and think.

Jesus changes us one person at a time and in doing so, the world
changes. Illegal drugs are a sin that comes slowly into our lives.
First we are curious, then a friend introduces us to it, then we
slowly get hooked, like a fish and a lure. Once the hook sets in the
fish's mouth, it is caught and cannot get free.

The first defence is in the verse of the Psalm above, when our mothers
taught each of us to avoid certain kids who could get us into trouble.
You never had a mother or father? Then ask God for the gift of
discerning dangerous situations and people. It has saved me from
trouble hundreds of times.

We have a duty to help others and protect them from danger. If what I
do in North America is harming someone thousands of miles away, then I
must cease. We all know how we must guard the environment. If there is
anything I am doing that will harm someone anywhere, I, as a follower
of Jesus, must stop. If I am addicted, I must pray for divine help,
plus use all the agencies and treatments that are available. If I
tread anywhere, it must be like footsteps in the sand, which are
washed away by the tides.

This awareness is natural if one puts Jesus first. I must serve others
and not put my needs and wants first.

If we keep our eyes on Jesus every moment, we can do it

"The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of
you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your
God." (Micah 6.8)
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MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.