A pastor recently stated to us that he was seeing more believers with drinking issues. As America has become one big drinking party, should we be surprised? Should committed believers be part of the problem or the answer?
May I gently offer a few thought-provoking(?) questions for those who love that ‘one innocent drink.’
1. At which level of regular drinking has addiction/alcoholism begun?: DAILY EVERY OTHER DAY WEEKLY MONTHLY
2. Let’s posit that drinking is innocent, harmless. Therefore is it acceptable to you that believers visit the sick and pray with them with alcohol on your breath?
3. Let’s avoid double standards. Should pastors also visit hospitals and counsel their people with one ‘innocent’ can of beer on their desk and alcohol on their breath? If they do, what will many unbelievers call them? Will it impact their effectiveness, reputation? Can he now say, “Joe, have I ever told you how Jesus changed my life?”
4. Does it help or harm the cause of Jesus when a drunkard or unsaved person sees a true believer come of of the store carrying booze? Is the saved person undermining his one clean testimony of how Jesus changes lives?
5. When discussing drinking do I mention those verses that tell believers to avoid drinking parties and heavy drinkers? (1 Ptr 4.3; Prov 23.20; 29-35).
“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another . . . .It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine,nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth ,or is offended, or is made weak” Roman 14.19,21.