Yes, Nathan, i agree that it will be difficult to have a very “specific and direct” discussion in a public open media forum, and that this could well go against the anonimity of the Traditions (the suggested guidelines for 12 Step groups).
Which is why i am focusing on Christ in the fellowships. And you have presented one of my starting points: the fact that the Steps are based on the statement in the AA Big Book which says:
“There is One who has all power, that One is God, may you find Him now”. (AA Big Book, Chapter 5)
And the appropriate corresponding Scripture:
“Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.” Matt 28:18 (Amplified Version)
Further, i notice that Jesus often healed people anonymously. He didn’t usually say “It is I, Jesus of Nazareth, who is healing you”. He often healed people that didn’t know exactly who He was. And that is what i see in the 12 Step programs. In His perfect humility He reaches out to addicts of all types in their spiritual confusion, right where they are, and patiently reveals Himself to them slowly as they learn to trust Him in their recovery.
The fact that He is willing to be to us whatever we need to begin to approach God and seek His protection and care shows His great love for “the least of these”, in a sense the “moral lepers” of our time. When we see that clearly, we will want to praise Him even more than we ever have. His goodness is boundless!
I would appreciate it, Nathan, if you could help keep me from getting into too much detail of my own story, and focus more on our Recoverer/Savior. Thanks in advance if you are able to.