I started thinking about this topic during this last year. No specific reason, except that the topic of drinking alcohol and religion seemed to surface on several occasions. Now, what could that mean?
I have to confess, I drink beer.
There are several very in depth online resources that cover this subject, (I read several of them) and probably many more books and papers on the subject that I didn’t read.
Of the resources I explored, the Bible is quoted in many different ways, verses that encourage drinking and those that did not.
Solo la Biblia is the term that describes the Bible as our only standard. The significance of the bible is grand, but to live according to what everyone acknowledges as a ‘translation’ is a possible concern when searching for answers.
One person’s writings lead me to how the bible talks about the social nature of drinking. No one drank alone. They even described this as joyful fellowship.
Another confession, I’m a sinner. No doubt, no debate or question. I have strong religious beliefs and even if I don’t have a Jesus bumper sticker, I don’t hide my faith either.
In today’s world, we drink alone in order to escape. That leads us in the wrong direction.
So then, I was plummeted with some heavier thoughts:
* Drunkenness distorts one’s perception of God’s world
* Drunkenness destroys one’s vocational capacity
* Drunkenness weakens the body
So, how about a little beer? Can I get by just having a few beers during football games?
We all have difficulties in life. People have different ways of getting through them. Alcohol seems to be near the top of the list of choices. But, so are exercise, music and counseling.
So, let’s go back to the original question: Does God care if I drink beer? You really need to ask Him yourself. (As simplistic as that last statement sounds, you probably should do it.)
But He does give us a few clues, (so I think).
God gave us a quick list of ten items on what is most important for us. You’ll find them on a stone tablet somewhere.
As important as those ten items are, I think we really need to look at the raw desire that God has for us. It’s best described in one word: LOVE.
We can spend much time trying to figure out how to live in this world and go on past it. I think the bible teaches us over and over again: love God and love one another. This, I believe is God’s greatest desire for us. If you truly acknowledge your love for God, it guides the rest of your life. [Emphasis added]
I don’t think it means that you’ll never make another mistake or not do something a little more than you should, but I do believe that you’ll make better decisions in life.
Since I started exploring this topic, I have talked to some friends that offered me their thoughts. One guy gave me this quote: “ When in doubt, drink some beer and think it out“.
Another friend didn’t have any helpful thoughts, but asked to read what I came up with.
Beer reduces your inhabitations, gives you some extra courage and seems to take away some worries for a while. (None of which are exactly great for you).
So, add drinking beer to the list of other things that we should probably avoid. But in our life, there are plenty of things that rank above beer. You decide where it falls.
I think a better plan for your life is to live in moderation and learn to approach every aspect of life with Love. Period