It is a graphic scene, depicted in the most vivid way. A recent celebrated movie shows the character smiling in glee as he takes his own life. This depiction is sad yet we see it week-in and week-out.
The movie is The Return of the King and the character is Gollom. Gollom, previously known as Sméagol, use to be a regular hobbit but was corrupted, enslaved by the ring. Gollom loved and hated the ring. He was torn, he wanted to be free from the ring and yet relentlessly pursued it.
At the end of the movie, Gollom finally has, as he says, “my precious.” But in getting it he has destroyed himself and everyone, indeed, everything around him. Yet his refrain is, “my precious.” Gollom’s last scene is one of great joy (for him). Gollom fights Frodo, another character that was nearly wholly-destroyed by the ring, and fights him over it. Gollom is fierce. He wants the ring at any price. He bits off Frodo’s finger and rejoices over his plunder. He embraces his cruel master as his beloved friend. He falls, seemingly, blissfully in the lava and as he sinks he rejoices that he has comfort from pain, he has everything, he has his “precious.” Then he sinks and he and his “precious” are gone.
This scene, though portrayed differently, is a scene I have seen too often. This scene is the climax and conclusion of far too many addiction stories. It is so sad to see people enraptured in love with their cruel master and executioner.
However, even in this sad story the Bible does not leave us. You may be thinking, I’ve never see the word “addition” in a Bible concordance so how does the Bible speak to the subject of addiction? There are many paradigms in Scripture that apply. For instance passages referring to: sin, enslavement, idolatry, adultery, whoring, drunkenness, etc. This is not to say that any passage on one of these subjects can be blandly applied to addictions. Instead, these paradigms must be faithfully taught and brought to life for the counselee.