THE PROBLEM OF "CRACK"

It is estimated that there are between one and four million babies in the U.S. who have been born to users of "crack." Crack is a very potent form of cocaine. Of course, these babies are born addicted because their mothers are users. And they are born underdeveloped and usually develop severe physical or emotional problems.

When these children are old enough to enter the school system they present problems that the system is not qualified to handle. They are children who have an abnormally low attention span. They are often very hostile and show very little moral conscience.

I can assure you that the school system is already overloaded with children that have just the normal amount of problems without the addition of all these "crack babies." These additions to the load will add to the burdens of teachers as well as juvenile and adult detention centers. They, in time, will become one of the very serious social problems in our country.

It has been suggested that education can stop this blight on our society. This is just not so. I am not against educating people about the use of drugs or any other difficulty that we have, but education will not keep people off of drugs. If it would, we would not have so many very literate middle class people using cocaine. If education were the answer, smokers and alcoholics would be extinct. Education is not the answer.

The only real answer is a conversion to the Lord. Paul said, "Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God... Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature... since you have taken off your old self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its creator" (Colossians 3:1-10). Paul also says, "So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them.., they have given themselves over to sensuality... You, however, did not come to know Christ that way... You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness" (Ephesians 4:17-24).

The education that is needed to help these people is from the Bible. This brings them to the Lord where the power to overcome these things is found. John says, "... the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). The power these people need is found in the Lord and we must take His message to them.

-- Arthur Atkinson, Jr.