Encourage son to turn from drinking, build a life in Christ

Updated: 2013-04-24T00:09:25Z


Tribune Media Services

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Our son has been arrested twice for drunken driving since leaving for college last fall. He says it’s just a phase. Should we be concerned? — E.M.

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.

What’s 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 what’s happening in his life. Let him know you love him, and because you love him, you don’t 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).

© Tribune Media Services 4/24

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