Should Christians Drink? 12 reasons for my decision.
I have friends that drink, others don’t. I am not going to get into glassy-eyed debate over this and risk losing a friend. Alcohol is a non-essential, discretionary, personal matter. “In essentials unity [salvation doctrines], in non-essentials liberty. In all things love.” – attributed to St. Augustine. But even where there is no law against texting and driving, Is it a neutral issue? Does God give us common sense for a reason?
1. A social drink will not steal a regenerate Christian’s salvation. We are not saved by our works. But it can erode our one clean testimony before a watching world (Act 1.8). Does it help or harm Jesus’ cause when a drunkard or lost sinner sees a true believer walk out of the store carrying alcohol? Will he be seen as a hypocrite? Can you imagine a convincing salvation testimony from a true Christian in a bar, alcohol on his breath, drink in his hand saying . . . “Have I ever told you how Jesus changed my life?”?
2. Many are the testimonies of sinners saved/rescued from a drinking/ partying lifestyle. They repeatedly say one of the first things they walk away from is the bottle. Will wise men learn from the mistakes of others? (1 Ptr 3.15).
3. Romans 14.21: “It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles.” Am I caring towards others? Many children who drink or do drugs first saw their parents drinking. People are watching us.
4. Alcohol abuse is common, and alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States. Nearly 17 million American adults ages 18 and older have an alcohol abuse disorder — that’s almost 7 percent. Roughly half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than seven million children live in households with at least one parent who drinks too much, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. -www.everydayhealth.com
“In contrast, alcoholism involves changes to neurons in the brain that create obsessions, such as the feeling of needing a drink or compulsive drinking, which is drinking at times you didn’t intend to or drinking more than you intended,” says Lander. Alcoholism is considered by many experts to be a chronic, or lifelong, disease. -www.everydayhealth.com
5. I desperately want to reach the lost sinners but God has not called me to be a beer hole, booze head. (Prov 20.1; 23.20). “You can’t get some one out of the ditch, by getting down in the ditch with them” – L. Roloff.
6. Alcohol and weed are the kindergarten for the heavier drugs. Self destruction starts here. (Prov 23.29-35)
7. Is life about me? Will I please self or Jesus? Am I on a business trip or pleasure cruise? (Matt 6.33).
8. Let’s avoid a double standard. If it’s OK for a Christian to hang out in clubs or with the party crowd, is it OK for your pastor to drink as he preaches? (1 Ptr 4.3)
“The hardest thing in the world to defend is drinking liquor.” – Abe Lincoln, lawyer, President
9. Heavy drinkers cling to the John 2 story where Jesus turned water into wine. But they overlook the fact that before honoring her request, he rebuked her sharply for it (Jn 2.4)! (Can many of us recall our own prayer requests which later we regretted?).
10. Regular drinkers tend to run with other drinkers. . . . birds of a feather . . . They can find clean, godly Christian friends and Christian activities fade. Failure in the Christian life is a slow leak not a blow out. We need that stable, godly, clean speech, Bible compatible conversation, influence, quick access to prayer and wisdom. Is drinking stealing my Christian fellowship?
11. THE USA has become one big happy hour . . . alcoholism is the Devil’s speed wagon. . . sad. Morality suffers. Alcohol is tearing lives, marriages and families apart. . . . so much heartache. I work with these hurting, blinded, enslaved, bleeding souls. If one is serious about glorifying God, will he leave the worldly crowd and be a godly example, a role model?
12. In Bible school we received wisdom in dealing with these grey area decisions. We were encouraged to give the benefit of any doubt to the conservative side rather than going in the other direction. Is it wiser to see how close to Jesus we can live or how close we can stand to the edge of a cliff without falling off? Which choice has more upside/downside?
When offered alcohol I have predecided on a reply. I have a plan in place. I recall using it in a fellow’s front yard as we concluded our business. he said, “HOw about a Michelob or Budlite?” I didn’t have to fumble, I had my answer ready —“I don’t have room for liquid spirits, I want to be filled with the Holy Spirit!” . I could have just said, “no thank you,” but hopefully I planted a seed. The conversation shifted.