DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Our son has been arrested twice for drunken driving since leaving for college last fall. He says its just a phase. Should we be concerned? E.M.
By BILLY GRAHAM
Tribune Media Services
DEAR E.M.: You certainly should be concerned not just for your son, but also for people he might injure or even kill if he drinks and drives.
Whats happening is exactly how many people begin their tragic descent into alcoholism. The time to deal with it is now.
Talk candidly with him about whats happening in his life. Let him know you love him, and because you love him, you dont want him to go down a wrong road. Urge him also to be honest with himself. Why, for example, does he give in so easily to the pressure of the crowd? Has he turned to alcohol to escape from some problem or fear? If he needs professional help, urge him to get it.
Most of all, pray for your son, and encourage him to build his life on a different foundation a foundation of faith in Christ. Jesus, the Bible says, is a firm foundation so that (we) may take hold of the life that is truly life (1 Timothy 6:19).
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