A relative of mine posted an article this past year about why Christians should not drink. I didn’t agree with most of it and want to add my thoughts to some of the points.
- Drinking leads to drunkenness. Well, it COULD, but it doesn’t always. That’s like saying eating leads to obesity. It COULD, but it does not always.
- It will cause others to stumble. Well, it can, so that is why we as Christians are told to look out for our weaker brother. If your drinking might cause another Christian to stumble, then you should not drink around them. Do not flaunt the freedom you have if it in any way will harm another believer.
- It harms our bodies which are the Lord’s. It can if we drink excessively. But, we could say eating harms our bodies if we use that same mentality. Wine actually has many healthy benefits. It’s the excessiveness that is harmful, whether food or drink.
- Alcohol is addictive. So are sweets. Actually, almost anything has the potential to become addictive and thus harmful.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.– Philippians 4:5
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18
Read a previous blog on this topic: Unexpectedly Better
Interesting thoughts. I’m surprised some argue Christians should not drink wine since it’s quite important in the Bible and some of the rituals. Love the Ephesians 5:18: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.