The Sampson County commissioners unanimously approved a referendum for the passage of county-wide sales of beer and wine. On Tuesday May 6th, voters will have an opportunity to defeat this measure at the ballot box in the primary election.
I am opposed to the growth of alcohol sales through increasing outlets of availability for several reasons. First of all small municipalities like Turkey, Salemburg, Harrells and Autryville should be able to decide for themselves if they wish to continue prohibiting the sale of alcohol in their town limits. If this measure passes, they would not be able to prohibit sales of alcohol in their respective towns. The citizens of these towns did not help Clinton, Roseboro, Garland, or Newton Grove decide whether to embrace alcohol sales in their districts and it does not seem like a good policy to allow the county-wide sales take precedence over the wishes of local municipalities.
Another reason I am opposed to this measure is based upon the fact that wide availability of alcohol leads to more drinking. Alcohol related crashes and even alcohol related deaths are prone to rise with the passage of this referendum.
Finally, the Scriptures indicate that “righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34) To acquire righteousness is only found through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ – His death, burial and resurrection namely. Righteousness is not found in a bottle and the answer to our economic challenges will not be found in the increased sale of alcoholic beverages.
This is not a productive way to enhance our county.
Rev. John Hobbs
Pastor of Elizabeth
Baptist Church, Roseboro