To Drink or Not to Drink?

To Drink or Not to Drink?

This week I wanted to talk about alcohol and whether or not Christians should drink. Alcoholism runs deep in my family along with casual drinkers. I have witnessed people drinking all around me for about as long as I can remember.

My dad would sit on the couch after work and anytime he needed a new beer it was either one of my brothers or myself that would get it for him. We were so trained that when would get a beer out the fridge and put it in the freezer so that it was cold by the time he was ready for the next one. At the time I think I thought it was no big deal what I was doing but now I think it’s totally ridiculous.

When I was about 8 or 9 my youngest brother and I were so curious as to what beer was that my stepdad sat us down at the table and gave us each a beer to drink and we weren’t allowed up until we finished it. Needless to say, neither of us particularly enjoyed the experience.

So What is the Appeal With Alcohol?

As someone that only has negative opinions and experiences with alcohol, it makes me nervous and scared when my friends drink or when people drink around me. The concept of social drinking is lost on me as I only know drinking to be a disease and as an outlet for people’s pain, anger, loss, and sadness, etc.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had alcohol and I still occasionally have a drink after work but each time I feel guilty and worry that I will become like the alcoholic my father is. I’ve never been drunk but seeing as how I rarely drink, one drink definitely gives me a buzz and it’s not really a good feeling. Whether it gets better or not after one drink, I don’t know and I don’t think I will ever find out.

I read an article about a guy who is catholic and works as a bartender. He explains how he believes that drinking plays a role in our culture and the way we socialize. He goes on to say that drinking can be an important way to initiate conversation with people and really connect with them. He notes that not all people use alcohol the right way. While I agree with him that drinking can help people connect, so can having a cup of coffee together or going out to eat. So why do they choose to drink over the other options?

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The Heart of the Matter

I don’t really know anyone that drinks because they like the taste, but more because of the way it makes them feel. It alters them so that they feel more comfortable socializing or gives them courage to do things they normally wouldn’t do. Is that the reason people drink?

We discussed all of this in our podcast but I’m not sure if the Bible explicitly says not to drink. There are examples of people drinking and having fun and there are examples of people drinking and it ending horribly. There are some people that can drink and be fine and there are others that cannot control their drinking. I think ultimately it comes down to your heart and why you are drinking.

About the Author | Kristal Miller
An unbeliever exploring faith and doubt with friends.

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