I said I’d clarify my thoughts on alcohol and the bible on a previous post and I haven’t really gotten around to it. I figure today is as good time as any to do that.
First of all, let’s get this clear I don’t judge anyone for drinking. Two I used to drink, and I can’t really say I never will because I choose to be honest.
According to my understanding of the bible, drinking alcohol is okay. There is not a single verse that says though shalt not partake of wine. However the bible does cay, we should not drink, very very many times. The number of times it has been repeated to me is a clear sign of how disobedient and weak we are. That it requires to be said so many times.
The problem with wine comes in the over indulgence, how many time have you said just one more and ended up drinking a bit too much? If we’re honest the answer will be very many. We can’t seem to be able to discipline ourselves to actually just drink one glass or two of wine. The bible admonishes drunkenness. Drunkenness weakens us, and considering we already are weak that’s just a really stupid way to go. If you think about it, it’s hard to follow all the commandments sober, when drunk.. Forget about respecting any laws not just God’s.
They call it liquid courage and true it can be a positive thing when you’re in control of your actions. The moment you are watching yourself from a cloud far away you know you’re in trouble. Sad thing is we end up there a lot so most churches will prefer to tell their members to just abstain not because the are trying to be authoritative but because they love them and want to look out for them. When you wake up in the morning with a bad memory that won’t leave you. With a permanent scar, it’s not pretty.
A little alcohol is good, it loosens people up but,
because we have become so reliant on it to interact.
because we are so in-disciplined.
because we want to be a good example and not to cause our brothers to stumble.
It is better to stay away.
“Proverbs 23:20- 35
20 Be not in the feasts of great drinkers, nor in their revellings, who contribute flesh to eat: 21 Because they that give themselves to drinking, and that club together, shall be consumed: and drowsiness shall be clothed with rags. 22 Hearken to thy father, that begot thee: and despise not thy mother when she is old. 23 Buy truth, and do not sell wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. 24 The father of the just rejoiceth greatly: he that hath begotten a wise son, shall have joy in him. 25 Let thy father and thy mother be joyful, and let her rejoice that bore thee. 26 My son, give me thy heart: and let thy eyes keep my ways. 27 For a harlot is a deep ditch: and a strange woman is a narrow pit. 28 She lieth in wait in the way as a robber, and him whom she shall see unwary, she will kill. 29 Who hath woe? whose father hath woe? who hath contentions? who falls into pits? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? 30 Surely they that pass their time in wine, and study to drink off their cups. 31 Look not upon the wine when it is yellow, when the colour thereof shineth in the glass: it goeth in pleasantly, 32 But in the end, it will bite like a snake, and will spread abroad poison like a basilisk. 33 Thy eyes shall behold strange women, and thy heart shall utter perverse things. 34 And thou shalt be as one sleeping in the midst of the sea, and as a pilot fast asleep when the stern is lost. 35 And thou shalt say: They have beaten me, but I was not sensible of pain: they drew me, and I felt not: when shall I awake and find wine again? “