Posts tagged ‘alcohol’

June 21, 2011

2nd Hand Alcohol

by pastortimfowler

I went to see a friend’s mom in the hospital yesterday because she was in a really bad wreck over the weekend. Sadly, a drunk driver crossed the median of the interstate and hit her car causing it to roll over and sending her to the ICU via helicopter. Just a couple of days after being there, she was removed from ICU and put into a regular room as she continues to improve.
As I walked into the room, I was surprised to see that she had no facial injuries, not even a bruise. Her daughter was showing me the pictures of the car and how it was crushed, especially on the driver’s side and we were both amazed at how anyone could have survived this. But I believe God wrapped his hands around her and protected her from any worse injuries.
So my reason for writing this is total disgust that there is not more outrage in America about the effects of what I like to call 2nd hand alcohol. 2nd hand alcohol is directly and undeniably responsible for more injuries and deaths in this country, and probably the world than 2nd hand smoke will ever be. Yet goody two shoes, nose in everyone’s business, I wanna feel gooders, raise all kinds of stink about the effects of 2nd hand smoke, and to be honest, the evidence is questionable at best at the amount of harm it does.
Our government has put restriction after restriction on who can smoke and where they can smoke and who can be around you when they smoke. They raise taxes to unthinkable levels all to restrict a free society from doing something that is perfectly legal, all because they can give a lab rat cancer by exposing it to 4000 times the normal amount of smoke it could possibly receive from a cigarette. There has never been one proven case of cancer in a human from 2nd hand smoke.
This is where I need to say that I don’t smoke cigarettes and don’t encourage anyone to smoke them. I am simply saying that if it is legal and you have to work that hard to show the dangers to others, perhaps it isn’t as dangerous as some would like it to be. BUT!!!
Alcohol kills others. No if, ands, or butts, about it, people die from the effects of others drinking. If they don’t die they end up in ICU’s with families worried sick about their loved one and wondering how and when they will make a full recovery. Alcohol causes more domestic violence than smoking, more automobile wrecks than smoking, and even causes more house fires than smoking. But I would not be surprised to see alcohol served at the meetings of the holier than thou bureaucrats who talk about the dangers of 2nd hand smoke.
If we are going to get serious about protecting our citizens, we need to stop trying to prove our pet peeves and start dealing with facts, like them or not. 2nd hand alcohol is the reason for my parents divorce, and they both smoked. 2nd hand alcohol was the reason I became an alcoholic at a young age and nearly ruined my marriage. 2nd hand alcohol was the reason for approximately 10000 deaths on our highways this year. More women and children are physically abused each month through 2nd hand alcohol than ever through 2nd hand smoke.
Sure alcohol is legal and I have no problem with someone who drinks and remains in control. The problem is that there is a fine line between you controlling alcohol and it controlling you. I have never been called to the hospital to visit a person who was hurt by a smoker, although I can picture a few scenarios in which that can happen. But I have been and continue to be called to comfort people who have been killed or injured by a drunk.
I pray for those who are enslaved to alcohol. If you or someone you know is abusing alcohol, get help. I am so glad that my friends mom is not dead and should make a full recovery. But her life and her family’s life weren’t the only ones ruined. There is a young man sitting in jail who will have to live with this the rest of his life. It was his 2nd hand alcohol that did the damage to my friend’s life.

March 7, 2011

Some Thoughts on Charlie Sheen

by pastortimfowler

One of my favorite actors of all time is Charlie Sheen. From Major League to Navy Seals to 2 and 1/2 Men, I have always enjoyed watching him. This may come as a surprise to those of you who know that I don’t watch many movies. Few people can command your attention like he does. I believe this is a special gift that God gives to certain people and we are responsible for what we do with it. I am sure that many would say he is or was a good-looking guy, one of the “beautiful people”. I too was blessed with such good looks.
So why would God give someone great looks and the personality to match only to have them ruin their lives with drugs and alcohol? My answer is I don’t know.
Sure, you thought that I was going to amaze you with a great answer that defined wisdom, but sometimes you just have to admit that you don’t know. What I do know is that God loves Charlie Sheen. Yep, the womanizing, drug doing, alcohol drinking, person that he not only portrayed on TV but has become in real life. God is so weird like that. He loves messed up people. He loves it when we think we have the answers and when we think we have it all. God loves that fact that when we get into such a mess that the whole world begins to turn against us, He turns to us.
God often uses the worst situations that we can possibly get in to in order to have us question what life is all about. I think I said it in a recent blog, but God will often put us flat on our backs so that we have nowhere to look but up.
I think that Charlie Sheen is heading in a really bad direction. I do not know if he has ever had a time that he accepted Jesus as his Savior. If he has, this may be the beginning of God doing a bit of correcting a child that is rebelling. If he hasn’t, maybe this is the beginning of God breaking him down to the point of needing the only one that can truly rebuild us anyway. I pray that someone in his family or circle of friends who knows Jesus will tell him how much he is loved and how desperately God wants to help him. Jesus is the answer and I speak from experience.
You see, not only was I blessed with the great looks and personality like Charlie Sheen was, but I was also on a self destruct path of drugs and alcohol too. I was very close to where he is right now, just minus the money, when God took me in my broken state and loved me back into reality and helped me to overcome what I am sure everyone thought was a lost cause because they thought that I had gone to far.
God is greater than any mess we can get into and His love is stronger than our disbelief or destructive hatred for what ever causes us to sink into such desperate ways. Charlie Sheen does not need Hollywood, he needs a holy God. He does not need 2 and 1/2 men, he needs 1 man, Jesus Christ.