Alcohol consumption can be a controversial topic of discussion in the Christian community. Some may consider it a “grey area” in scripture. The Bible is actually very clear on this subject, God knew we would have issues with it. There is much to say on the topic in the Old and New Testaments, but I will focus this in on The Book Of Proverbs, as this blog continues in “lessons in Proverbs.”
The basic gist of it is, it is OK to drink alcohol, however it is not OK to be under the control of alcohol. Being under the control of alcohol can include and is not limited to the following: getting drunk, or buzzed, or intoxicated…whatever you want to call it, needing to have a drink or two “to wind down” more often than not, having to drink every day (alcoholism), and turning to alcohol to deal with life’s issues.
Proverbs 20:1. Wine is a mocker, beer is a brawler, and whoever staggers because of them is not wise.
Proverbs 23:29-35. (Too much to type, but you can read at your own leisure). Basically says you’ll do and say stupid things when intoxicated, regret it, and then go and do it again.
These ones are easy…if you drink too much you’re unwise. Have you ever made an unwise decision after drinking too much? Have you seen someone else? You tend to do stupid things that you wouldn’t normally do after drinking too much…saying things you wouldn’t say, physically doing things you wouldn’t normally do, and hurting the people closest to you. That leaves regret.
If you choose to drink, please do so with keeping your wits about you and not falling under control of it.
Proverbs 23:19-21. Listen my son and be wise; keep your mind on the right course. Don’t associate with those who drink too much wine, or with those who gorge themselves on meat. For the drunkard and the glutton will become poor, and grogginess will clothe them in rags.
This goes along with choosing your friends wisely. If you’re hanging around with people who drink too much…you’re going to end up doing the same stupid things as they do. This is not Gods plan for your life.
Do you feel like you have to drink to have fun? I would challenge you to think that the things you are doing must be boring if they require you to alter your sense of reality to enjoy them.
Do you have to drink to wind down? I would challenge you to learn how to manage your stress is a healthy and non habit forming way.
Do you drink to cope? I would challenge you to find a permanent coping mechanism instead of a temporary, damaging choice.
If you need help in this area, please get it. God only wants what is best for you, He doesn’t want you to make mistakes under the influence. God loves us too much to watch us struggle with alcohol, He provided us much instruction in The Bible. Do some looking and feel free to ask me for additional reading on the topic.
I’d love to hear any feedback or any pushback on this.