Hooray for Georgia Christian Coalition

2011 marks the 60th year of my pastoral ministry.  I am privileged to serve as Senior Pastor of the University Worship Center, Shreveport, Louisiana. During my years as pastor, there has been one social problem that stands beyond all the others - the alcohol problem.

I have been to the grave sites of people who have died of alcoholism; perished in automobile accidents due to someone's drinking; succumbed to grief and depression; died having been battered to death; and suicide. The cost of this problem is incalculable from every standpoint.

Four percent of all deaths worldwide are caused by alcohol. According to the World Health Organization approximately 2.5 million people die from alcohol related causes. It reports that "The harmful use of alcohol is especially fatal for younger age groups and is the leading risk factor of death among males aged 15 - 59. It is a causal factor in 60 types of diseases and injuries. Its consumption has been linked to cirrhosis of the liver, epilepsy, poisonings, road traffic accidents, violence, and several types of cancer, including cancers of the colorectum, breast, larynx and liver."

In spite of the overwhelming evidence alcohol poses as a lethal threat to the health and well-being of the American people, liquor interests regard any limitation to the marketing of their products as a monumental travesty. The alcohol beverage industry employs the best lobbyists that money can buy. It ridicules every attempt made to curb its traffic. It incites vicious criticism from intelligence-challenged nabobs against it's enemies.

The Georgia Christian Coalition and its president, Jerry Luguire, is to be commended for their effort to fight liquor interests and paid politicians who want to open retailers to sell alcohol on Sundays. Its noble work turned into a victory last week in the state legislature in spite of the enormous resources of the liquor industry.  Christian Coalition members are smeared as "bible thumpers, religious bigots, dictators" and with colorful vulgarities.

It takes courage to stand when dark forces come against us. Thank you Georgia Christian Coalition for your brave work. And congratulations on your success.

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