The last time I checked, any stool that comes out of the human body is usually extremely stink and jam-packed with bacteria! So when I read this week the bizarre news of a man who was detained at an airport and subsequently taken to a hospital where he expelled from his anus more than ten pellets filled with cocaine it once again hit me that drug addiction and drug trafficking are so distinctly horrible that the pain of these practices were as if someone were to pull out your 32 teeth in 32 minutes with no anesthesia! We could continue this post by discussing the biological intricacies of hygiene and the fact that anytime stool touches you it take several washes with soap, bleach and every imaginable disinfectant possible just to merely get the smell under control, but I will not stop there. We could continue this post by trying to figure out whether the persons who manufacture these cocaine-filled pellets knew what they were going to be used for, but I will not stop there.
We could continue this post by sympathizing with persons who are so addicted to cocaine that they use these cocaine-filled pellets that pass through a human being’s entire digestive system. We could continue this post by trying to determine the reason why these cocaine-filled pellets escape the destruction that would have been inflicted upon them by the bile, pancreatic juices and hydrochloric acid, but I will not stop there. We could continue this post by pretending to understand how the drug trafficker sits himself or herself down and digs deep within these lumps of bronze stool trying to find and detox the final product after they have come out of the intestines of a human being, but I will not stop there. We could continue this post by choosing to analyze what would make a person who purchases drugs pay such a high price for a commodity that has passed through the confines of another individual who may be battling contagious diseases and other maladies, but I will not stop there.
Where I want to stop is where the solution can be found. The solution to drug trafficking in all its forms is found at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ and is contained in this acronym WAFAP. WAFAP means we must Wrestle and Fight and Pray! “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” – Ephesians 6:10-13. WAFAP is found in last verse of this song composed by James Nares and written by Charles Wesley.
SOLDIERS OF CHRIST, ARISE
Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put your armor on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies through His eternal Son.
Strong in the Lord of hosts, and in His mighty power,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts is more than conqueror.
Stand then in His great might, with all His strength endued,
But take, to arm you for the fight, the panoply of God;
That, having all things done, and all your conflicts passed,
Ye may o’ercome through Christ alone and stand entire at last.
Stand then against your foes, in close and firm array;
Legions of wily fiends oppose throughout the evil day.
But meet the sons of night, and mock their vain design,
Armed in the arms of heavenly light, of righteousness divine.
Leave no unguarded place, no weakness of the soul,
Take every virtue, every grace, and fortify the whole;
Indissolubly joined, to battle all proceed;
But arm yourselves with all the mind that was in Christ, your Head.
But, above all, lay hold on faith’s victorious shield;
Armed with that adamant and gold, be sure to win the field:
If faith surround your heart, Satan shall be subdued,
Repelled his every fiery dart, and quenched with Jesu’s blood.
Jesus hath died for you! What can His love withstand?
Believe, hold fast your shield, and who shall pluck you from His hand?
Believe that Jesus reigns; all power to Him is giv’n:
Believe, till freed from sin’s remains; believe yourselves to Heav’n.
To keep your armor bright, attend with constant care,
Still walking in your Captain’s sight, and watching unto prayer.
Ready for all alarms, steadfastly set your face,
And always exercise your arms, and use your every grace.
Pray without ceasing, pray, your Captain gives the word;
His summons cheerfully obey and call upon the Lord;
To God your every want in instant prayer display,
Pray always; pray and never faint; pray, without ceasing, pray!
In fellowship alone, to God with faith draw near;
Approach His courts, besiege His throne with all the powers of prayer:
Go to His temple, go, nor from His altar move;
Let every house His worship know, and every heart His love.
To God your spirits dart, your souls in words declare,
Or groan, to Him Who reads the heart, the unutterable prayer:
His mercy now implore, and now show forth His praise,
In shouts, or silent awe, adore His miracles of grace.
Pour out your souls to God, and bow them with your knees,
And spread your hearts and hands abroad, and pray for Zion’s peace;
Your guides and brethren bear for ever on your mind;
Extend the arms of mighty prayer, ingrasping all mankind.
From strength to strength go on, wrestle and fight and pray,
Tread all the powers of darkness down and win the well fought day.
Still let the Spirit cry in all His soldiers, “Come!”
Till Christ the Lord descends from high and takes the conquerors home.
*** All Bible texts quoted above are from the King James Version, unless referenced differently.
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