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I Need a Drink!
August 21, 2020
It's been a long week. I'm physically, emotionally, and maybe even a little spiritually tired. One of the highlights of my Fridays is "Happy Hour" in my outdoor kitchen. Sometimes I post a pic of my bubbly to social media. When I do, I usually get a comment from someone warning me about Christian drinking. Sometimes, I lose a follower or two.  

What does the Bible say about drinking? 

Does the Bible contradict itself? 1 Corinthians 6:10 says that drunkards are going to hell, but in John 2, Jesus turned water into good wine at a wedding. Was Jesus setting people up to fail? 

When it comes to alcohol, there is no hard and fast rule that applies to every Christian like "thou shall not steal." I'll tell you my belief and I'll give you scripture reference for both sides of the issue. In the end, you have to decide for yourself whether to drink alcohol and that decision should be in consultation with God. 

There are many references to wine and "strong drink" in the Bible. Many people base their thoughts about drinking around just one or two of those verses. 

Proverbs 20:1 says, "Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise."  So, many people use this wisdom from Solomon to say that we should not drink at all. On the other hand, Ephesians 5:18, says "And do not get drunk with wine which leads to debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit." The regular, "social" drinkers use this to justify their behavior. They believe as long as they are not drunk, they're fine. Both are right and neither is correct.

As with everything else in Christianity, this is a heart matter. 

Does alcohol replace God in your life? Do you have a drink when you should be praying? Do you drink to forget the problems that you should be turning over to God? Proverbs 31:6-7 teaches us to  "Let beer be for the perishing, wine for those who are in anguish. Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more." So ask yourself..."Why am I pouring this drink ?" If it is to change your mood, you should probably not be drinking. 

Does your drinking affect your health? 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We are supposed to glorify God with our bodies. So if your doctor has warned you to stop drinking, you need to stop. If you are on medication that advises you not to drink alcohol, don't do it. Otherwise, you are causing harm to God's temple. If the genetic disease, alcoholism, runs in your family, even social drinking could cause big problems in the long run. 

Does drinking affect your character and judgment? Some people should not drink at all. You know who they are...the ones that become completely different people under the influence of alcohol. You're shy, until you drink. Then, you're the fool of the party. You're kind until your drinking makes you mean. The passage in Ephesians 5:18 warns us that drinking, though in itself is not inherently bad, can lead to some very bad things. If you only end up making a fool of yourself with the wobble you're blessed. Many car accidents, sexual exploits, and violent crimes would have been avoided if alcohol had not been involved. 

So, when I read the 73 verses on drinking alcohol in the Bible I conclude that drinking is okay unless you drink too much and drown our the voice of God in your life. That's pretty much where I stand, except...

Romans 14:21 tells us not to cause our brothers to stumble. No pun intended. So, if there is a Christian friend who believes that they should not drink alcohol, stand with them without question. Don't try to convince them that drinking is okay. Don't look down on them or deem them as self-righteous. Don't put them in situations that might offend them. We show love and respect for those whose views may differ from our own on this issue. That's Christian living!

Pray and examine your motives for drinking, your behavior when drinking, and whether or not your drinking offends anyone else. After all, Jesus said the greatest commandment is love and we need to love God enough to follow his lead and love others enough to let them do the same. 

Cheers!!!! 
 
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