Is everyone addicted to something?

This is a question that is discussed and debated more than most of us realize. There are blogs, articles and books written to address and answer the question, yet there does not seem to be consensus regarding the answer.

Some argue that not all addictions are wrong or harmful. And, if we are honest, it is unarguably true, that within our culture certain addictions are viewed as less of a problem than others. Consider those who must have their morning coffee, and those who must have their next alcoholic drink.

I don’t know the answer. In fact, addressing this type of question I find to be somewhat bothersome. Not because the question doesn’t deserve an answer but because we tend to look for an answer that will justify whatever our addiction is.

What I do know is that we all have troubles, trials, struggles and sin. I know that for two reasons. First and most importantly, because the Bible says it to be true, (Romans 3:23, James 1:2).

Secondly, because I can simply observe people. I have never seen nor met anyone, myself included, who does not have to deal with those things in their life.

If you happen not to have to deal with those issues, I would love to meet you and help you share your secret with the rest of humanity.

It is also true that those troubles, trials, struggles and sin can wear us down, make us question who we are and what it is we truly believe and how we live those beliefs out in our daily lives. There is no doubt that there are many who are reading this who, because of an addiction or a struggle, are looking for help and direction and are really void of any joy and peace.

I also know that the longer I live and am in ministry, the more I realize how much I really don’t know. I don’t know what it is you are going through. I don’t understand your specific problems and the pain and hurt you are going through.

In fact, to act like I did, even though I have my own issues to deal with, would really be a lie.

But I do know a few things and would like to offer them to you for your consideration as you deal with whatever it is you are dealing. First, I know a guy who does know what you are going through and He can "sympathize" with us (Hebrews 4:12) because He has gone through an unimaginable struggle and been faced with every temptation as we are yet is without sin. His name is Jesus.

I know that the Bible says in Romans 8:1 that "therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus," and that as is written in John 16:33 that we can have peace in our tribulations because He has overcome the world."

This is the message that Southview Grace Brethren Church wants to share during this our 19th Wifflefest. We are grateful to a community for supporting this outreach, and simply want to offer the hope of Jesus and tell you about His power to break any chain of bondage that is keeping you in the addiction, struggle or trial you are facing.

Pastor Mark Abel is the senior pastor at Southview Grace Brethren Church.