The wise consumption of alcohol… Pastor Tim introduced four different positions regarding alcohol. Which category best describes your position?
Position #1: Some Christians don’t drink because they believe that the overall teaching of Bible prohibits drinking alcohol of any kind and do not think Christians should drink.
Position #2: Some Christians – and some non-Christians – don’t drink because of personal convictions and maybe personal experience.
Position #3: Some Christians – and some non-Christians – choose to drink. But they typically drink too often and often drink too much.
Position #4: Some Christians – and some non-Christians – drink. But they don’t drink too much, they are careful when they drink alcoholic beverages and with who. They drink with moderation and self-control.
Biblical wisdom on the subject of alcohol:
- Proverbs 3:10
- Proverbs 20:1
- Proverbs 23:29
- Proverbs 31:4-7
#1: Drinking alcohol in excess is a foolish and damaging practice (as seen in the teaching from Proverbs).
The teachings in Proverbs, and the larger teaching of Scripture do not prohibit drinking alcohol, it does warn against the abuse of it.
- As Solomon wrote, it leads to fights, to saying crazy things and forgetting what the laws are.
- In our day, it also leads to: Traffic accidents and injuries and deaths
- It contributes to crime
- It leads to poor health
#2: Drinking alcohol in moderation is a wise and enjoyable practice.
If you are going to drink, do so in moderation so that you stay in control of your self. That is the way of wisdom for those who drink alcoholic beverages!
- 1 Timothy 3:3
- 1 Timothy 5:23
- Ephesians 5:18
So…how much is too much?
“Moderate alcohol consumption is defined as having up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. This definition is referring to the amount consumed on any single day and is not intended as an average over several days.” ~ The Center for Disease Control
Handled properly, the way God designed it to be used, drinking alcohol can be a real blessing and joy…handled properly, the way God designed it to be used!
- Ecclesiastes 9:7
- Psalm 104:14-15
- Isaiah 25:6
- John 2:1-11
Additional thoughts on drinking wisely .…
- Be sensitive to those who choose not to drink alcoholic beverages. 1 Cor. 8:9
- Be accountable to someone regarding your drinking.
- “Don’t make your alcohol consumption the main thing on your Facebook page!”
- If you are in trouble, seek help. (See blog post for ways to get help or to assess if you may have a problem.)
Challenge: To those of you who drink, drink wisely.