10 let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. 11 This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’ 12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”
The name “Jesus” is our English version of the Greek way of saying his name, which was a translation of the Hebrew name Joshua – which is an English version of that Hebrew name, which literally means “Yahweh is salvation” or we could say “God saves”. Nobody else and nothing else saves us. From what?
But a whole lot of us think that we need to be saved from going out of our minds by the insane world we live in by using illegal drugs. So many of us think this way that Mexico has a huge internal war going on between drug lords for control over the market which mostly goes to us. This year over 23,000 people have already been killed – most often, quite brutally. Lots of us think escaping our troubles on drugs will save us from the life we find so unpleasant, so we buy the drugs in such great quantities that huge profits are there to be made. The people who think that money they get from selling them will save them are willing to kill to get it. It seems that not even the whole Mexican army nor the American law enforcement community can save us from any of this.
Some of us think that we will be saved by our ability to control the world. Just today the news reported that China is angry with us over our “interest” in the South China sea disputes. They consider that sea their back yard and don’t want us messing in it. But we have a pretty big military, so we can. And since we think we will be saved by our global power, we do.
But the military is being stretched thin now by all the deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has a hard time finding recruits – especially ones that do not have a history of illegal drug use. This is beginning to move in a circular direction.
Perhaps we could attract more quality recruits if we paid them better, but that would mean raising taxes, and since we are all saved by our money, we don’t want to have to spend more of it to be saved by our military; the problem can drive you to use drugs.
Unless there is another source of salvation.