A message from Pastor Mike of the Road to Freedom Program.
Proverbs has a lot to say about the perils of alcohol; the perils that we are all too familiar with. One of the most profound of these is found in Proverbs 20:1:
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”
On the surface of this verse, there is practical instruction. Have you ever been under the influence of wine and said or did something stupid? In that sense, wine mocks us. Have you ever been or seen an angry drunk? In that sense, strong drink is a brawler. Practical and to the point.
What is said next takes the struggle against addiction and alcoholism to the core issue. This is something the founders of AA understood deeply. The core issue is a conflict of kingdoms. The passage says, “and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”
We tend to interpret this to mean, “whoever is led astray by it is not smart,” but that is not the true meaning. In the Bible, to be wise is much more than knowing something. It is also to apply that knowledge, and in this case, it is God’s Word. However, wisdom is even more than that. The wise person knows God’s Word and applies God’s Word, therefore living as though God is relevant in their life.
To be unwise, then, is to live as though God is not relevant in our lives; to live as though God is not there. What is the opposite of being wise? It is to be a fool.
“The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God.’”
So we see at the heart and core of our struggle is a kingdom conflict: God’s Kingdom or my kingdom. That is why Dr. Bob and Bill W. saw the need to submit our lives and wills over to God. That is why applying the 12 steps to our lives is really about living as though God is very relevant in our lives. Therein lies the strength and the power. His power.
This is why the Road To Freedom exists in The Treatment Center. It is our mission to help people live as though God is relevant in their lives, for the rest of their lives, for their recovery.
Now tell me, are you wise?