Why Church and Other Drugs?
What’s wrong with church? What’s wrong with AA? What’s wrong with ME? Well, quite a lot, and nothing at all, id say. Ill start with the unique position I find myself in– Too christian for AA, not christian enough for church, but just right for the blood of Jesus. You ever walk up to your pastor and say , “hey, im really thinking about injecting some heroin…can you relate?” I promise you, the empty stare you receive speaks volumes. When everyone in your small group is talking about their troubles with lust, or overeating, and there you are; still detoxing from a weekend binge of crack and prostitutes. Ok, so I go to AA. There, as a derelict alcoholic heroin addict, im welcome. Everyone can relate to my stories of breaking a needle off in my arm, because the blood was coagulated in the syringe, and its pretty tough to shoot up syrup, after all. But then I bring up my “higher power” being Jesus Christ, and the room goes silent. I tell them how the 12 steps have a biblical foundation. Crickets. So, there I sit. Now, I know im not alone in this, and I know im painting with a broad brush….but what if church looked like an AA meeting? What if the sins I KNOW everyone deals with were brought to the surface and discussed, cried over, prayed over? AA should look like church, and church should look like AA. But complaining doesnt do much to change a fact, movements arent started by bitching on the internet. Well, except the presidency, apparently. So why not reach out into the ether, and start talking about our struggles. Everyone knows someone who has been touched by addiction, and everyone knows someone who has been touched by God. Why not see the humor and pure ridiculosity in the sordid stories of my past? Its not like they’ll disappear if I just NOT think about them hard enough. Plus, it would take all of the power out of my testimoney. And lets face it, some of them are just down right entertaining. Prison stories? Check. Muggings? Check. Shoot outs? Unfortunately, check. Our goal is to stir conversations between addicts, atheists, christians, normal folks, children of alcoholics, musicians, artists and the like. Anyone and everyone that has a story thats worth telling, we believe it should be told. Storytelling is the most powerful weapon in a cultures arsenal, after all, if we dont learn from others missteps, we are bound to fall off the cliff. So take a seat at the pew, pull up a chair to the meeting, and join us at Church & Other Drugs.