By Larry Robertson
Sr. Pastor, Hilldale Baptist Church, Clarksville
As pastors, we are often confronted with issues that we don’t necessarily feel equipped to handle.
Addictions might fall into such a category for many of us.
It’s easy to preach salvation to a fictional addict we’ve never met. But through the years I’ve witnessed the slavery aspect of sin and it’s made me reconsider how we as pastors, Christians, and churches should respond to addicts and their addictions.
First, humility marked with grace should be our guide. How quickly we rail against others’ addictive behaviors without really considering our own. Those who give themselves to alcohol, drugs, or sexual immorality become easy targets for Sunday sermons. But what about gluttony, lust, or pride? Can we really boast because our sin is different from someone else’s? “There but for the grace of God go I” was one of the most valuable phrases I ever learned. [Read more…]