What is your drug of choice? comfort, security, competition, praise, staying busy, controlling people, being in shallow relationships, having too much or too little money, worrying, seeing ourselves as superior or inferior to others.
The above list of addictions came from an intriguing post on Theoblogical titled “What’s Stopping Us?” which claims that we are all addicted to something and for most of us it is not substances but culture. So, what are you hooked on?
Assuming there is some truth to this statement how do we overcome these addictions?
Theoblogical gives us this cure for what ails us:
- a group that is breaking with the culture, the world’s systems, and providing support for total recovery from that culture [according to the post it is “in Christ” but I think my AA friends would argue differently]
- a reconciling group of extreme diversity, especially highly privileged and severely oppressed
- a group closing the gap between the deepening of personal faith and the expression of that faith in public political ways
- a group seeking biblical justice in all forms, including the redistribution of wealth
- a praying group, growing in our capacity to love, understanding that authentic love is always nonviolent.
I liked the above prescribed cure because it so closely aligns with what our Community Works groups are all about. We are gathering a radically diverse group of people in low income communities (where the wealthy never step foot) and telling them that they (not the government), by the power of God (not human might) hold the power to change their own lives and their community. We are breaking with the cultural messages of that breed complacency, materialism, entitlement, dependency, arrogance, fear of the other, powerlessness, hopelessness and building up a spirit of unity, humility, advocacy, self-sufficiency, love and generosity.
I know a number of you are in recovery from various addictions both substances and culture. What do you think of the cure proposed above? Do you agree, disagree? Would you add to it, subtract from it? What freed you from your addiction? Do you think we are all addicted to something? If so, what would you say to those who are still in denial?
While many in our communities battle addictions to substances, it is the additions to culture named in the Theoblogical post that we can’t see that are cancerous to our society and impact us all.
So, are you an addict? Are you willing to admit that you are “powerless” over your addiction and join a group of fellow addicts who are seeking to “work their recovery” together? If so, I invite you to join one of our Community Works groups and be embraced by a bunch of sick and suffering cultural addicts who together are finding healing.