According to an MSNBC report, Nine students at the Central Washington University were hospitalized after rapid consumption of the drink Four Loko. Loko is a brand that combines an energy drink with high contents of alcohol (sometimes up to 12%). With the caffeine combined with the intense amount of alcohol the user seems to have a delayed effect, and ends up drinking more than they would normally.
There were 50 people that were sick during the party, but only 9 ended up having to seek professional medical help.
Of Course there is outrage from the community, the FDA, the parents, the school, and all are centered around the drink. The current plan is to seek a ban on all energy alcoholic beverages, as they are too dangerous.
I'm not into high alcoholic energy drinks, but as I was reading this article I saw a noticeable problem as the blame game has turned on the company rather than on the individuals who were drinking.
Most of the kids were between 17-19, and the report called them "Inexperienced Drinkers." (As if there is some kind of certification you might attain to move you on to an intermediate.')
I guess I was disturbed because of the obvious lack of personal responsibility. The article was sympathetic to the kids in the hospital, and rightly so. I mean we don't want anyone to suffer, and our hope is that they get the treatment needed to make them healthy again. But why are we so quick to point to and object without any decision making qualities, and we refrain from pointing our fingers at the people who used the product.
Think about all the smoking lawsuits that were based on the ignorance of the users. Attorneys had a field day making Cigarette companies the villians of the world.
I've heard potential lawsuits against gun manufacturers in connection to drive by shootings in the inner city. As if Remington has anything to do with people getting killed.
I've read of people trying to formulate an argument against fast food companies claiming it was the Big Mac's fault they have heart disease.
What's happening to our culture?
No matter if you smoke or not, when you wake up coughing Black Soot from your lungs; hmmmm….ITS NOT HEALTHY!
It doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to see it's not the Guns who are killing people. There's a conscious effort for people to point and shoot at others.
And to think you can go to McDonald's your whole life and think you're going to be free from tri–glyceride poisoning….WHY ARE WE SO DUMB?
Where is the outcry for the heart of the students?
Where is the article claiming it was the student's who decided to drink these high energy drinks?
Who is ever going to get back to the position that we all have a certain level of personal responsibility when we wake up in the morning. We can choose to smoke if we want, but the consequence is clear LUNG CANCER. We can shoot guns all over, but without the proper safety training the likelihood of someone getting hurt is pretty high. Or, we can eat french fries and honey buns our whole life, but we shouldn't be surprised when we look in the mirror and see our bodies turning into the fast food we eat.
Jesus taught on personal responsibility. In Mark He was teaching the Jewish people on the cleanliness of certain foods and their affect on the body. It seems like the culture was so concerned with God's view of the diet, they were missing the point. They actually thought unclean man came from unclean food. Jesus said this, "What comes out of a man is what makes him unclean.' For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.' " (Mark 7:21-23)
It's not the energy drink, the tobacco, the big mac, or even the guns. We need a swift kick in the rear end to stand up, stop pointing fingers at something else, and start taking personal responsiblity for the lives we live.
I think that's the beauty of living under God's grace. Paul says, "All things are permissible…." In other words, I can do all things if I want. "But not all things are profitable." Or, in modern language, there are certain consequences for our permissive freedoms.
Just something to think about today.