iTIAC Adventist Comunity Service
9 בספט׳ 2022
Apple for a cigarette
Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, tuberculosis, congenital diseases, diabetes.These deadly diseases are only a few of many others that people are suffering from consuming cigarette.According to studies and of the article from FAST FACTS/FACT SHEETS/SMOKING & TOBACO USE-CDC.
Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the UNITED STATES, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting to exposure of second hand smoking.This is about one in five deaths annually ,or 1,300 deaths every day. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.A small tube like object that is filled with lethal chemicals are widely produced and distributed in the whole world.The study only show a single country, imagine the numbers to double or even triple if we gather all the data around the world.
Different campaigns and even images of diseases resulting in tobacco consumption are displayed on cigarette boxes, yet consumers are still buying.What could be behind this schematic system that people tend to abused the body that God himself gifted us and made it holy? Worse case scenario is that the age of people who began smoking is getting younger and younger.
Among children and youth the use of tobacco is working untold harm. The unhealthful practices of past generations affect the children and youth of today. Mental inability, physical weakness, disordered nerves, and unnatural cravings are transmitted as a legacy from parents to children. And the same practices, continued by the children, are increasing and perpetuating the evil results. To this cause in no small degree is owing the physical, mental, and moral deterioration which is becoming such a cause of alarm.(Ministry of Healing Chapter 26 pg.103 by Ellen G.White)
Addiction to this substances only leads to early deaths. That is why OUR CREATOR provides us abundant healthy food resources as to not succumb to the palatable pleasures. Overcoming cigarette addiction through therapy and help from community is encourage to help the person addicted to cigarettes. Eating fruits and vegetables which are essential in strengthening our immune system are better alternatives that inducing substances that can slowly decay the body.
And as servants of Christ to whom HE bestowed the knowledge of health, the TEL AVIV INTERNATIONAL SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH went out to reach people on the streets to look out for people to exchange and apple for cigarettes. Together with the apples are pamphlets about the dangers of smoking and how to combat the addiction associated with its consumption. The Servants of God roam around the Central bus station and the nearby streets in Tel Aviv last Friday on the 9th of September to spread awareness and conducted the campaign. A successful event indeed that may those people who receive the apple have also receive the calling of The HOLY SPIRIT not pick up that cigarette again.
As stewards of Christ, we must not only proclaimed the good news of health and healing through the natural resources the God have blesses us. We must also practice what we believe, so others will notice and follow.
Our battle does not end here, because the more we work, the enemy works harder so we must have the ability to resists these earthly temptations and use our body to serve the Lord and labour until the very day of HIS COMING.