“A Step of Faith” is only available from private sellers on eBay and Amazon, but is worth seeking out.
It is the true story of Ernie and Gail Mills, who founded the Durham Rescue Mission and have run it for almost forty years.
It is a paragon of private investment, with the Mills couple turning down all federal aid due to their desire to freely preach the gospel at the mission.
The book includes numerous interviews with those whose lives have been changed or even saved by the ministry of the mission.
Ernie and Gail believe in treating homeless people and addicted people like family. That love shines through on every page.
“As you do unto the least of these, so you do unto Me . . .”
I Corinthians 6:12, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
I have been reading posts about the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington State and Colorado. I have been pleased to see that other Christian bloggers tend to come at this from the same direction I do. I am not usually one to check with hundreds of people and try to line my ideas up with theirs, but there seem to be a few central reasons why many Christian bloggers do not believe it would be right to use marijuana, even if it were legal in all 50 states.
The first reason I must give, and emphatically, is that even if my own personal state of Virginia were to legalize recreational marijuana tomorrow, I am still a federal employee, subject to federal drug tests. ‘Nuff said, unless there were also a change in federal law.
But beyond that, I have often said to non-Christian friends, when asked, that the legalization of marijuana would not affect me personally at all, as I would still regard it as an off limits substance. This comes from a strong belief that my Christian convictions, while nested within the laws of my country, can actually exceed those laws by quite a bit.
After all, I believe God’s Word forbids abortion and gay marriage, too, and that nothing man says or does will make them okay with God.
On the subject of drugs, my reason for putting them off limits is the same reason I don’t drink alcohol. I don’t have any experience with illegal drugs in my 54 years of life (praise the Lord!), but I did indulge in alcohol to the extent of drunkenness on several occasions when I first joined the Navy. What I learned from those experiences is that mind-altering substances are not a good thing. The Lord has blessed me far beyond anything I could ever have imagined as a young person and I need a clear mind to fully appreciate Him and all He has done for me. Mind-altering substances tend to erase gratitude at the same time they induce an over-emotionality that can take everything that happens as a personal slight. Ever heard of an alcohol-related crying jag? Yup, that was me one night, right before I decided to never drink to drunkenness again.
Also, the Bible is clear that it is not only sinful to use wine to drunkenness, but that that action also is an alternative to being filled with the Holy Spirit. I certainly don’t wish to disparage the Holy Spirit or His work. In fact, I have told non-Christian friends that my goal is to be high on life rather than high on mind-altering substances. It works pretty well for me, too. I have many faults, but I am kind of a bouncy Tigger of a person, which is totally by God’s grace.
I just maintain that, if alcohol and its altered state of consciousness is sinful (and the Bible is plain that it is), then so would be any other substance which alters our state of consciousness.
Additionally, the waste of time and money involved in drinking or drugging episodes flies in the face of the Bible passages that tell us to use our time and money wisely. Sure, we can just as easily waste time thoughtlessly posting comments on Facebook, but there is something about dressing up to go out for a night of partying that just tends to take a block of several hours from our lives for which we have no recall or memory later. I don’t want that to be part of my life.
So, there it is. Regardless of whether a governor or president tells me that it is okay to use recreational marijuana, I won’t be using it. Life is short. I plan to enjoy it with my full faculties and to spend my time and money, as best I can, on things that will last forever.