Are Psychotropic Drugs the Cure for the Problem with America’s Soul?

Albert Mohler wrote a piece on the family titles, “The Family Torn Apart–Richard Wolff on Economics.”  He cites a startling statistic:

Americans are 5 percent of the world’s population, but we consume 65 percent of the world’s psychotropic drugs, tranquilizers, and mood enhancers.

Is there any doubt that there is a problem with America’s soul?  Of course, the reason for this mess is that a mother smacked their child in Wal-Mart when he threw a tantrum.  The embarrassment of it all scarred him for life–it’s mom’s fault.

We must come to terms with the failure of the victim mentality approach.  This has proven to be woefully  ineffective and we see the failed results all around us.  No one can be held accountable for anything anymore.  The victim mentality approach does nothing more than coddle blame-shifting and cultivates a culture of personal irresponsibility.  This is an unsustainable path for treating the real problems in the American psyche.   We must get to the heart of the problem.  Questions dealing with our origin, nature, and purpose are absolutely critical to treating the real problem with America’s soul.  Psychotropic drugs will never fix our inability to cope with the crushing pressures of this life.  Why?  Because they attempt to treat a soul issue as a physical issue.  This would be like a mechanic adjusting the temperature gauge of a car that is overheating.  He only fixed the indicator of the problem not the problem itself.  Thus, your car is still in disrepair.  We cannot attempt to effect change from the outside-in (the physical to the spiritual).  This is entirely backward.  The problems we face are rooted in our hearts.  Jesus made this abundantly clear,

For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, [22] coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. [23] All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person (Mark 7:21-23, ESV, emphasis added).

Yet true and lasting change is possible.  There is hope for those who need effective and lasting change in Christ.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV; see also 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

Until we seek change from the inside out, genuine heart change that we can only find in Christ, we will continue to see the disturbing trend cited above rise.


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