I have a piece in the new catapult magazine:
Just say no! But: why?
There’s danger in heeding the demand to “just say no!”
Christians (you know, “those Christians”) love jumping on various
bandwagons that affirm their convictions and prove that their clan is
the right one.
The convictions generally tell us the world is bad, we are bad and
they are bad. Essentially everything is bad. If we buy in, we (oops, I
just lumped myself in with “them”) see so much evil it is amazing anyone
gets out of bed in the morning and risks a breath. We love evidence
that our list of “forbiddens” is the correct one. And we love any time
the beast of culture sees the light, and agrees with us.
The problem is that our lists are usually a muddled mix of fears,
discomforts and leftover things we were taught or assumed. Seems the
more conservative (I know it’s a loaded word, but what else works?), the
longer the list. Or maybe not.
here's the link to continue reading: https://www.catapultmagazine.com/just-say-no/article/just-say-no-but-why