Hey all on this post. Thanks for all of your interest in this topic for Eddie. I am encouraged by the support Eddie's getting and interested in all the commentary brought on by this topic. I will address some thoughts on this in 4 paragraphs 1) As a former heavy pot smoking addict 2) As the team owner for CSBR Midwest 3) As Eddie's parent. 4) As the chaplain who serves my racing brothers
1) As mentioned, I am a former drug addict (clean almost 6 years thank God). My main form of drug use was heavy pot smoking, and it definitely led me to use cocaine and acid many times. Some how I was able to escape the grip of cocaine, probably because of the expense and the circles I ran in at the time. Regarding acid, I remember thinking it was so great that I was actually RECOMMENDING it to people. Then I had a "bad trip". The fear associated with that event is barely discussable for me. Regarding my chronic pot use, I get the "it's not that bad" and "it will soon be legal" arguments. As an addict, I was all over those. As I see in my rear view mirror though, I can now count the cost associated with using it. Unfortunately, I have an addictive personality and it had control over me. I tell Eddie and my other boy Jon that sure you can decide to use drugs, alcohol, or whatever chemical, yet know that you are deciding to roll the dice. You may be a lucky one who "enjoys it once in a while" ,or "has control over it", or maybe just didn't care for it. Yet, What if it takes you over, whatever it is? By then, you will just HAVE to have it. You're trapped. Love, people, performance in job or sport...that will all be in second place believe me. I am married and divorced twice, having now been single for 9 years, a consequence I have learned to accept. Drugs and real love do not mix. It's chemically impossible.
2) The rules for being a members of CSBR is not to use drugs. It is immensely reasonable as an owner of expensive dangerous assets to hold their rider to that standard. Also, as servants for CSBR we are serving people as an ambassador of God and the least we can do is live how we claim to be, or be transparent in our issues so as to be there for others in the case that they may need help. Now, if someone on the team gets suspended for breaking a rule, that person is far from "a bad guy". To the contrary, God wants us AS WE ARE, and we are forgiven for sins. Eddie is definitely fortgiven, (especially since he has asked for it via his courageous post here) He is merely a person in life training that needs to make changes if he wants to ride for a team that cares for them and the team mission.
3) Eddie is a teenager in training. How will he be if he goes through something like this and is allowed to stay on the bike for the sake of "how important racing is"? Is anything learned? He gets the opportunity to learn that there are consequences to every action. Maybe even to learn the truth that there may not be a "right and wrong", yet you can be assured for the rest of his life...there are consequences. How about this: Let's say Eddie has the job of his dreams, with everything that goes with it; great house, great car, great purpose, and a family that depends on him. He then slips and uses drugs and gets caught and loses the job. What then? What does he tell his family? What does he say to himself when he looks back on this racing experience if he has no consequences this time.
4) The apostle Paul tells us that "everything is permissible, - but not everything is beneficial" (1 Cor 10:23). Also, he tells us to honor God with our bodies. "Do you not know that your body is a temple? ...you were bought at a price. Honor God with your bodies." (1 cor 6:19-20) COME ON GUYS! Be careful here. Dig deep within yourselves if you are so led and understand this thing about choices. Indeed the Lord created marijuana, yet ask yourself this question. Was his intention to only create things that are good for us? Did he not create earth to give his people choices? Do we touch poison ivy, or bees, or swim with sharks on purpose? No! Of course not. If he created everything to be good and beneficial then we would have to make no choices and in return have no opportunity to experience the freedom we have to choose. Isn't that the essence of the human experience? Also, know this. If we had no freedom to choose, we would surely not choose faith in Him, and He would have no glory to come Him.