Originally posted August 2016
"But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God."
Anonymous - to be unnamed or of unknown name.
Those who are coming out of the darkness of addiction want and need confidentiality. They need a safe place to share their struggles. In working with those who have struggled with addiction over the last year, I would venture to say that the last thing they want is to be anonymous! They can be completely anonymous walking down the street as those of us who are "better people" turn a cold shoulder to them. We see them sitting there, fading in and out, but look away before the dreaded eye contact. Those who have struggled with addiction were often anonymous for years before they took to their drug of choice. They felt abandoned, unloved, unwanted, rejected, shamed, guilty, unnecessary and completely anonymous-unnamed!
In our My Hope For Addiction meetings we provide confidentiality, but we never want anyone to be anonymous. We want to name the things that led to desperation and the need to escape. We want to call abuse - abuse! We must be willing to walk into the light and be honest with what has happened to us and what we have done to others. We don't hide that we have been cruel, neglectful, arrogant, disrespectful, criminal … and that's just those of us who have not had an addiction! We never claim addictive behavior as a disease. We call addictive behavior what it is - sin! Just as we don't want the person being freed from addiction to be anonymous, we don't want their history to be anonymous either.
Many will seek refuge and assistance through various programs. Although we are happy to see anyone break out of addiction, it breaks our heart to simply see sobriety. We have watched Jesus bring people out of anonymity and into the community of believers. They start in our small group setting, but then move on into the body of Christ as a whole. They don't just find confidential shelter in a support group. They become discontent with anonymity. As they walk with Jesus they begin to see that they have a name, a reason, and a purpose!
As the verse states in John 3 "but whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God." At Hope For Addiction, it is our goal to see lives transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When we understand God's holiness, our sinfulness, Jesus’ sacrificial life, death, and resurrection, we turn away from all the things that used to fill the void and find life, true life in His kingdom! When Jesus breaks those chains we find beauty rise out of ashes, freedom from our prison, hope out of despair and Child of God from anonymous. That has always been and will always be only carried out in God!