Rehab is ok, but Christ’s salvation is better

Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? Proverbs 20:9

Entertainment news in the Western Hemisphere seems to be chock full of the latest information on what celebrity has checked into rehab, going through rehab, or coming out of rehab.  It seems that we love to hear stories about people who struggle, but are willing to change their bad habits in order to become positive contributors to our society.  I think it’s great when a person can reform to kick their alcohol, drug, or other addictive habits to better themselves.  However, there is also a negative side to all of the focus on checking into rehab.

When a person emerges from rehab successfully, there may be a tendency for that person to think that now that they’ve kicked their habit, everything is fine.  They are given the false impression that they are now “clean” when the exact opposite may be true.  Most rehab programs, especially the ones that celebrities enter into, do not get to the real reason why a person gives in to their destructive behavior.  They are not told that they inherited a sinful nature that craves evil things.  Nor are they told about Jesus Christ, who is the only one that can truly deliver them and make their hearts (souls) truly clean.  Their bad behavior is a spiritual problem and unless it is confronted by the power of the Holy Spirit, there is always the danger that relapses will occur.

Then there are celebrities who emerge from rehab who are fine for a brief moment, but then quickly go back to their evil habits.  In public they have to put on an act for the cameras as if they have really been cured, but in reality they may have only learned how to hide their habits better.  Behind closed doors, they are the same.  They also are in need of the healing and cleansing touch of the Lord Jesus Christ.

No one on this planet has the power to cleanse their own sinful heart.  Without Jesus Christ, those who come out of rehab are like whitewashed tombs who look good on the outside, but inside are full of death.  There is nothing but spiritual emptiness inside of them.  From a Biblical perspective the successful graduate of a rehab program may be worse off spiritually than when they entered because they could easily deceive themselves into thinking they don’t need God since they are cured.  I think Jesus said it best with these words:

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.  And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.  Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.  Luke 11:24-26

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