There’s been a battle raging for some time in Christian circles about the drinking of alcohol—I should clarify and say among born-again believers. It’s quite fascinating to me because I grew up in a home that had no alcohol in it, even though we faithfully attended a church that used wine for communion. (I take that back. Dad kept a bottle of whiskey for the cows when they got sick!) On the other hand, my husband grew up within the same denomination in a family that was over-the-top faithful but his father enjoyed a drink fairly occasionally. In fact, as a boy, it was Tom’s job to bring the beer up from the basement and put it in the fridge.
We were both born-again later in life and, after we married, we were soon involved in an independent Baptist church. The thought of having alcohol in our home never crossed our minds.
BUT, the kerfuffle about drinking alcohol is alive and well and probably always will be. Here’s a thought:
A friend wants to sell you his truck…
“You wanna buy my truck?”
“Well, maybe.” You’ve seen the truck. It’s not in great shape but you really can’t afford much else. “Is it in good shape?” you ask.
“Well…” Your friend hesitates a little as you both walk over to the truck. “You can see that there’s some rust spots on it but I’ve patched most of those.” The truck looks like a spotted elephant and you’re not sure if the truck was originally gray or if that’s all Bondo. “The brakes stick sometime and give out occasionally, but it’s never happened to me going downhill. There’s a little gas leak and the transmission has a few bugs in it. The right rear lights are out but that’s not a big deal.” He stops and hesitates.
You look at him doubtfully. “What aren’t you telling me?”
“Well, somethings wrong with the steering wheel.” He chuckles. “To say it pulls to the right is an understatement.”
Are you going to buy his truck? If you have any sense you’ll run in the opposite direction!
After Solomon gives instruction about gluttony, greed, and dangerous women in Proverb 23, he teaches about alcohol.
Who has woe, sorrow, contentions, complaints, wounds without cause, red eyes—“they who linger long at the wine…who go in search of mixed wine” (Proverbs 23:29,30).
Solomon’s warning? DON’T EVEN LOOK AT IT! It will bite and sting. You’ll see strange things and say even worse. You will be out of control and, worse of all, you’ll go back for more (Proverbs 23:31-35).
Does the Bible forbid the drinking of alcohol? Not that I can see—it just tells you how foolish it is to get entangled into its web of woes.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging:
and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
So…wanna buy a truck?