Alcoholism and music

From General Alcohol Facts in Mississippi:

Mississippi ranks among the worst states in the country for alcohol-related behaviors, driving under the influence, and deaths of underage drinkers.

Proverbs 20:1 (NLT)
Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls.
Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.

Ephesians 5:18-20 (NLT)
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Father in heaven,

We give You thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit. We give You thanks for the gift of music. We give You thanks that the Mississippi Delta is a land rich with gospel music and hymns.

Yet it also a land that has given birth to the blues and secular music. Do some types of music encourage alcoholism? We confess our sin of using music to glorify ungodliness. We confess the scourge of alcoholism in this region.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Father, release a spirit of psalms and hymns and spiritual songs over the Mississippi Delta. We invite angels of music to dwell in the Delta. Release a spirit of music that counteracts alcoholism! We invite angels that carry this healing music to the Lord, this antidote to alcoholism, to live among us in the Delta. We proclaim Ephesians 5:18-20 over this land. Amen.

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