I know most of you will disagree with me on this post. Well sorry.
“Drinking alcohol is not a sin if you don’t get drunk. I don’t drink more than 2 bottles of beer”. I heard this again. And again from a Christian. And again I disagree.
This makes me thinking. Maybe I was trained wrongly. Maybe its normal to drink beer several times a week or sometimes drink strong alcoholic drinks.
As a Christian that live by word of God. I went straight to Bible to find the answer. I kept digging in Bible to find answers. So this is what I got.
On one side we have:
1. Wine is a blessings from God that He gave his children to enjoy life.
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart. Psalms 104:14-15
2. We can drink wine when it is necessary for health.
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities. 1 Timothy 5:23
And this is all verses that actually justifies use of alcohol in the Bible. On other side we have:
1. Alcohol distorts the perception of reality and Christian can go wrong way.
But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. Isaiah 28:7
2. Alcohol corrupts morally and makes people vulnerable to sin.
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! Habakkuk 2:15
3. Drinking destroys health and leads to poverty.
Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Proverbs 23:20-21
4. Christian that drink alcohol can not fully participate in Church ministry.
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
Not given to wine 1 Timothy 3:2-3
These are 4 main negative effects of drinking alcohol that I identified. But these are not all we have in Bible. Looking at these 2 sides of drinking alcohol I see clear answer. It is a sin. I am sure that God does not condemn drinking wine as a result of peoples creation. But only to use it as for gastronomic pleasure. For example once a month eat Roquefort with a glass of Sauternes. Or drink it with some medical purpose. Yes, God does not say that drinking alcohol is a sin. But we find many verses that alcoholism is a sin.
God gives us grapes and we are free to decide that to “do” with them. Something that is right and useful for us or alcohol drinks that are bad for health and don’t let us fully serve God. Bible says a lot about bread. Eating bread it good. But we all know if we eat a lot of white bread it will not make us healthier.
Why on Friday night people can not relax with a glass of lemonade? Because with bottle of beer or wine they are finding relaxation.
God has given His people everything to be happy. He gave us freedom to choose how to live the life we have. And only He as our creator can give us real fun, relaxation and peace.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31