The following is really not a fantastic defense of “abstinence” if you will, but rather a look at what the Bible says about alcohol, and the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of drinking. Enjoy.
When I think of alcohol, nothing good or holy comes to mind. Instead, I think of smoky rooms, drunk men, totalled cars, shock trauma, broken lives, broken bodies, and broken minds.
It’s my dad’s job to arrest men who drink and drive on the streets of D.C. I’m certain he can tell you story after story of how alcahol ruined people, and destroyed lives of the innocent. And what’s amazing is the fact that in our culture, drinking is made out to be glamorous. It’s not.
What I want to look at today is the Christian’s response to this drink so that will be put into many bodies this Christmas season. Unlike Christmas, this is something that God specifically talks about in His Word.
Some Christians believe that we are drink alcohol in moderation, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing that. Jesus and his disciples drank wine, right? God gave strong drink as a gift, right? They push the idea that not drinking would be offensive to unsaved believers, and that by drinking they can have a better impact on their friends who do drink. Many times they will bring up Christians who smoke. What do you tell them?
The other side is often portrayed as hypocritical and old-fashioned. These Christians believe that one should not drink, and believe God addresses the topic of drinking in His Word. They argue using examples of what alcohol really is and what it really does to people.
As for me, I side with Christians who believe alcohol is not for Christians. It may sound hypocritical, but I can assure you, it’s not. I am highly against smoking–it ruins your body and your lungs. We are to be temples of the Holy Spirit, and by ruining these temples, we are not pleasing God. Smoking, like drinking, is addictive. And it is also not something that comes to mind when you think of a pastor.
There are many reasons that I oppose drinking, mainly because of the fact that God speaks in His Word about strong drink. I also consider the heath issues, and the affects of drinking. What is alcohol associated with?
First, let’s take a look at God’s Word:
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
Now, I’m certain that there are many arguments against this stand, and I am well aware of that. I’m not sure that this article not rebut every single argument against it, but I want readers of this article to examine these verses carefully, and begin to think about them.
A second aspect I want to look at is the affects of alcohol on your body:
“Alcohol acts as a depressant–it slows down brain activity. The degree of this effect depends on the dosage. In small quantities, alcohol produces a feeling of euphoria, a state of mental well being. It decreases tension by causing a disorganization of mental processes. A person who has had a few drinks cannot concentrate on his problems. One reason that people drink at social gatherings is to become “loosened up” by false euphoria. (BJU Press)”
Really, we are to be filled with the Spirit, and not with Alcohol. We are to bring our burdens to the Lord, and not push them away with alcohol.
For me, and I pray for you, I will never drink. I wouldn’t even risk taking a small step. The spiritual, mental, and physical affects of alcohol are not worth “making friends comfortable” or pleasing myself. I want to please God alone in all of my actions–and that means staying away from strong drink.
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