I’m sure that many of you have heard about the tragic deaths that occurred as a result of a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo. I feel very sorry for those who were attacked, but I’ve always suspected that there was more to the story than the surviving victims had admitted. Witnesses reported seeing the young men teasing the animal before the attack.
Now the truth is coming out: one of the survivors admits that he climbed the railing of the Tiger’s enclosure and started waving and yelling at the animal (at least, this is what he’s admitted to so far). They were intoxicated–apparently all three of the victims smoked pot and drank vodka before heading to the zoo.
I just can’t imagine what was going through their minds:
“There’s a 350 lb. predator with razor-sharp claws and pointed teeth.”
“I bet he could kill us with just one bite.”
“Let’s yell at him, taunt him, and see if he can reach us.”
Here’s my point: using marijuana and abusing alcohol can make you do stupid things. The Bible warns us about being drunk (or high).
Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls.
Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.
Alcohol/drug abuse can unleash something that is just as deadly as a tiger–addiction. There are millions of lives and families that have been devastated by alcoholism and addiction. Most of their stories will not make headline news, but devastation is just as real as what happened in San Francisco.
If you smoke pot or get drunk, I challenge you to re-evaluate your life. If your friends drink and get high, it’s time to find some new friends. Don’t jump into the “tiger’s cage” with them! They won’t be there to help you when the severe consequences come.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
-1st Peter 5:8
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