Has Alcoholics Anonymous Lost its way?

Written by Ted W.

Has Alcoholics Anonymous Lost its way? HAS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS LOST ITS WAY?

I have been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 28 years. AA has become a worldwide and an American Institution. Treatment centers throughoutrepparttar United States toutrepparttar 132247 12 steps and Christian Churches inrepparttar 132248 USA provide meeting places for Alcoholics Anonymous. It is not polite to criticize AA. But countless American depend on AA and its teachings, so it is legitimate to ask “Has AA lost its Way ? ” I say it has. Its not that there is anything wrong withrepparttar 132249 12 steps. AA’s founder, Bill Wilson, rightly said thatrepparttar 132250 principles ofrepparttar 132251 12 steps came fromrepparttar 132252 bible. Consider what one early AA member had to say years ago: One morning, after a sleepless night worrying over what I could do to straighten myself out, I went to my room alone-took my Bible in hand and asked Him,repparttar 132253 One Power, that I might open to a good place to read-and I read. "For I delight inrepparttar 132254 law of God afterrepparttar 132255 inward man. But I see a different law in my members, warring againstrepparttar 132256 law of my mind and bringing me into captivity underrepparttar 132257 law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me out ofrepparttar 132258 body of this death?" That was enough for me-I started to understand. Here wererepparttar 132259 words of Paul a great teacher. What then if I had slipped? Now, I could understand. From that day years ago, I gave, still give and always will give time everyday to readrepparttar 132260 word of God and let Him do allrepparttar 132261 caring. Who am I to try to run myself or anyone else?*

Passing The Torch

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

First, there wererepparttar baby boomers who came of age inrepparttar 132245 60s when no one over 30 was to be trusted,repparttar 132246 establishment wasrepparttar 132247 enemy, and peaceful revolution wasrepparttar 132248 general goal. Then camerepparttar 132249 80s,repparttar 132250 "Me Decade" when disco was king, Wall Street was rocked byrepparttar 132251 machinations of Ivan Boesky and Barry Minkow.

The ideals ofrepparttar 132252 60s and 70s died withrepparttar 132253 murder of John Lennon,repparttar 132254 hell of My Lai,repparttar 132255 killing fields of Cambodia, and "Midnight Express." Royal marriages unraveled, Middle East violence was only intermittently stilled, andrepparttar 132256 drug warlords of Colombia took overrepparttar 132257 streets of U.S. inner cities. Generation X moved torepparttar 132258 forefront, fighting wars in Bosnia, Kuwait, and Somalia that were acceptable only because of their dissimilarity torepparttar 132259 mire and mayhem of Vietnam.

Who will first engrave their generation's stamp onrepparttar 132260 Twenty-first Century? Generation X is still young but already assimilated intorepparttar 132261 broader American culture. Will it berepparttar 132262 young right-wing born-agains with their willingness to condone murder and punish women in their goal to give life to unplanned and unwanted fetuses in a world where overpopulation isrepparttar 132263 root cause of so many evils: famine, pestilence, war, genocide? Will it berepparttar 132264 clean cut, patriotic military reservists and guardsmen who despoiledrepparttar 132265 entire American culture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo?

It has been 15 years since presidential candidate Bush spoke of a kinder, gentler, world. It has been 30 years since President Jimmy Carter tried to coolrepparttar 132266 Middle East through logic, compromise and good faith. It has been 40 years since we sang "Let's give Peace a chance." It has been 5 years since we all thought that decapitation with a sword had died withrepparttar 132267 middle ages.

Inrepparttar 132268 most recent past, there have been explosions in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, murdering and mutilating thousands. 800,000 individuals were hacked to death in Rwanda within 10 days, whilerepparttar 132269 world watched and waited. Inrepparttar 132270 Sudan,repparttar 132271 killing, raping, and torturing continues unabated. Natural disasters numbrepparttar 132272 senses and expose our powerlessness over nature.

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