To drink or not to drink….
The question about whether or not it is ok for a Christian to drink comes up often. There are many different opinions to
Scriptures that says it’s ok to drink alcohol
There are quite a few scriptures in the Bible that makes it look ok to drink alcohol. In 1 Timothy 5:23 Paul told Timothy, “Stop drinking only water and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illness.” In this regard it is ok to drink wine for medicinal purposes.
Psalm 104: 14-15 says, “He makes grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate—bringing forth food from the earth; wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart.” Here it appears as if God is ok with us drinking wine.
Also in Ecclesiastes 9:7 : “ Go, eat your food with gladness and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do.”
But we need to tread carefully…
Drunkenness is a sin
Having said all this, the Bible is very clear that drunkenness is a no-no for a Christian. There are many Bible verses to back this up. Ephesians 5: 18: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” We can also see another warning against drunkenness in Romans 13:13 “Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.. ….” Other scriptures also warning us further against drunkenness are Galatians 5:19-21 and 1 Peter 4:3
So it’s ok to drink as long as we don’t get drunk?
No! Wait there’s more to take into consideration.
It has been proven that some people can drink moderately and be ok. They won’t develop a problem with drinking, but for others that is not the case. Some people, because of their physiological make-up and genes, can develop a real problem with alcohol after just one or two drinks. It’s because of how they have been put together. Their personalities and genealogical make-up causes them to have a greater chance of becoming alcoholics. So imagine(just as an example), there you are having a drink in front of one of these kinds of people and you offer them one and they take it…And then they become addicted to alcohol. It would mean that you have caused your brother/sister to stumble. God does not want that. So whatever you do with regards to alcohol – tread carefully.
The Bible contains many warnings about the dangers and deceptiveness of alcohol. Solomon, who was one of the wisest men who’ve ever lived, in Proverbs 23:31 said, “Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.”
Many a person can attest to getting into some kind of trouble because of drinking. People end up in bed together who should not be in bed together because inhibitions are lowered. Things get said that could have stayed unsaid. Fights break out and car accidents happen because of alcohol. The list seems endless. So if you can, then rather stay away from alcohol.
And if you do drink moderately, please be considerate of who is around you and where you are when you take that drink. Please do not let one of God’s children stumble because of a drink of alcohol.
Don’t judge others
Let us also remember not to judge those who drink moderately. Let us always remember to walk in love and tolerance.
I personally don’t drink at all. I just never had the urge to drink – perhaps it’s because all the women in my family don’t drink and I wanted to follow their example. Most people assume that I don’t drink because I am a Christian, but I actually made the decision not to drink alcohol even before I became a serious Christian.
I also grew up with a stepfather and father who both drank heavily and who would then often do irresponsible things due to the fact that they were intoxicated. My brother also started drinking when he was quite young and he too would do stupid and destructive things when he was drunk. I believe that these experiences have had an effect on me and to a certain degree influenced my decision not to drink alcohol.
Taking all these things into consideration each of us will have to decide for ourselves whether to drink alcohol or not.
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