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Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

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Alchohol-and-the-Bible.002-564x272Some Christians believe alcohol is a sin and any drinking is unwise, some believe drinking is okay in moderation, and others believe alcohol is a gift of the Lord.  Very different perspectives from just one simple topic!  The issue of alcohol consumption is one that can easily become a heated debate between believers and non-believers as well as stir separation between Christians themselves.  So what does the Bible say about drinking specifically?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Galatians 5:21 – “Envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Ephesians 5:18 – “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit”

1 Peter 5:8 – “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Proverbs 23:20-21 – “Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.”

1 Corinthians 6:10 – “Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Numbers 6:3 – “He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink. He shall drink no vinegar made from wine or strong drink and shall not drink any juice of grapes or eat grapes, fresh or dried.”

The argument I hear most is “they drank alcohol and wine in the Bible!”  While this is true, I don’t believe the alcohol content was near as strong as we make it in our present day.  Our alcohol made today is made with the pure intent to make people drunk.  But even so in Biblical times, the people were warned about not getting drunk.  When we drink to get drunk, we are deliberately disobeying God and his principles for our life.  And being disobedient is a sin with consequences.

Many things can happen when we are drunk and not of sound mind.  Nothing good can come when we are breaking God’s laws which were given to us as a free gift to better our lives.  As noted above in 1 Peter, when we are intoxicated the devil is more likely to use your impaired judgment to cause havoc and chaos in our lives.  We simply are not able to make Godly decisions when we are not of sober mind. Having a designated driver, drinking in honor of a celebration, drinking with close friends and out of the public eye are NOT good excuses for getting drunk.  They are simply excuses and nothing more.  I do not think a drink on occasion is a bad thing.  But I do believe we should be watchful about our consumption of alcohol and know when to stop.

We should also be aware of the people around us and the impact our choices can have on their walk with Christ.  Romans 14:15 reads, “For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.”  We don’t know the path the person next to us has taken or will be taking.  We don’t know if they are a recovering alcoholic, if they are currently struggling with alcohol, or if they are simply angry and judgmental and will chose alcohol because the strong Christian sitting next to him has a drink.  We simply do not know the life circumstances of everyone around us and must be attentive to those around us.  Sure, you may be okay to have a glass of wine, but that glass of wine may be a stumbling block to someone else.  Is that drink worth the risk of someone else taking a wrong path in life?

Ultimately, alcohol is a personal choice.  We are blessed with God-inspired scriptures to be used to make a sound judgment.  If the Holy Spirit is leading you to stop drinking (for whatever reason), then you must submit to those principles for your life.  The gift of the Holy Spirit was given to you to help you discern scripture and life circumstances; use that gift!  Open your heart and mind to the beauty of God’s wonderful gift and really seek His will for your life.

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Testimony – A String Around My Heart

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testimonyI was a very obedient child.  I did as I was told without argument or complaint.  I had a momma and a daddy who loved me and a pesky little sister who showed her own kind of love through her constant irritation.  We ate meals together at the dinner table, took walks around the neighborhood, and spent genuine, quality time with each other.

At 15 years old, our family dynamics seemed to crash from normal to utterly heartbreaking.  Choices were made in our household that paved a crooked path to disobedience and blatant defiance.  Teenage years are hard enough but to add stress within the family home gave me all the excuse I needed to do as I pleased without regard to my parents’ rules and their personal feelings.

I had created walls around my heart and guarded my feelings against everyone and every situation.  I had no desire to be inside our broken home and I certainly didn’t want to be around the parents I blamed for my own personal choices.  Rather than going home, I hung out with friends.  I chose the attention of boys in place of the arms of my parents who I knew loved me, despite the choices made that split our family apart.  I chose to stay out all night and find random places to sleep just to avoid the tension always on the rise.  The fleeting desires of a sinful world quickly pulled me into the fast lane of sex, drugs, and alcohol.

I believed in God, I knew He existed.  I prayed to Him nightly when I was afraid I might overdose, get pregnant, or pass out wherever we happened to be that night.  I prayed before my nights of hell even began but that pull satan had on my heart and home were incredibly strong.  I caved.  I caved night after night, searching for something or someone that wouldn’t hurt me.  Year after year, I said these prayers.  I didn’t enjoy the sex, the hangover, or the sleepless nights.  I didn’t enjoy my newfound freedom and longed for the comfort of both parents at home waiting for me with open arms.

At 17 yrs old I was sitting in church one Sunday.  I have no idea what the message was about but I remember the alter call that morning.  I remember sitting in that balcony chair and literally feeling like a string was tied around my heart and I was being pulled down.  I can still feel the pull as I was walking as though someone was literally TUGGING me down that church aisle.  I made a decision that day that I’ve never regretted and accepted Jesus Christ into my heart and life.

I attempted my own walk down that same hellish path but this time I wasn’t just saying prayers with empty promises.  I was hearing the Holy Spirit speak to me and felt the convictions He placed on my heart.  Satan was pulling on one side while God held on stronger, telling me He wasn’t letting go!  A short time later, I found out I was pregnant.  What seemed like a new stumbling block was really God’s hand at saving me from a world I couldn’t seem to climb my way out of.  That baby boy growing inside me was my saving grace.  God used the life of this new heavenly child to pull me from the pits of hell.  I chose life for this child and therefore chose life for myself.

I look back now and there were troubles within our home, difficulties that no family should ever endure, and unfortunate choices that others made in our family.  But I used them as excuses to create my own world of hell.  I justified my actions based on the actions of others.

Today, I cry when I think of all that God has done for me.  He chose me when I was the least likely to be an example for Him.  He has taught me forgiveness, the kind of forgiveness that when I think of the pain others inflicted on me or the pain I caused myself that I can simply tell God “thank you”.  I am able today to pray for those who hurt me, for those who abused me.  I pray that God has blessed their lives and that the Holy Spirit convicts them of Truth.  I’m also able to forgive myself, which is HUGE!  God worked hard for me; He worked overtime.  I wasn’t an easy task and my path was messy but He never let go.

As the years have gone by I’ve learned that satan isn’t original.  He isn’t creative and continually reminds me of my past and of the many wrong choices I’ve made.  He does this time and time again and each time I remind who my God is and who my life belongs to.

This is my testimony… messy, honest, and redemptive.

-Brandie