The people Columbia threw caution to the wind and jumped inside the ring of a bull fight. After the dust had settled, thirty seven people were injured and three died due to the ma-ham that was created by these bulls on a rampage. This annual event that brings bulls and patrons together for what is called “corraleja” usually progresses in a party like atmosphere where alcohol runs freely and obvious lack of any real responsibility is the norm. The Andean community of Sabanalarga was the host location for this annual festival,. One where two men in their forties and a twenty year old man med their demise. With amateur video available, it is easy for others to see the traumatic events that transpired from this unfortunate incident.
The use of intoxicating liquor dethrones reason, and hardens the heart against every pure and holy influence. The inanimate rock will sooner listen to the appeals of truth and justice than will that man whose sensibilities are paralyzed by intemperance. The finer feelings of the heart are not blunted all at once. A gradual change is wrought. Those who venture to enter the forbidden path are gradually demoralized and corrupted. And though in the cities liquor saloons abound, making indulgence easy, and though youth are surrounded by allurements to tempt the appetite, the evil does not often begin with the use of intoxicating liquors. Tea, coffee, and tobacco are artificial stimulants, and their use creates the demand for the stronger stimulus found in alcoholic beverages. And while Christians are asleep, this giant evil of intemperance is gaining strength and making fresh victims. (EGW – ST FEB.11,1886)
The senseless deaths of these three Columbian citizens could easily been avoided, however, today’s society has chosen to maintain an experience with the evil tools of the underworld. There are many beautiful and fulfilling experiences that we as human beings can look forward to, yet in the majority of cases we lean towards the darker side of life. Satan uses these tools as a powerful invitation to those of us who are weaker and we fall for it. Hook, line and sinker.