For years, well-meaning, sincere Christians have debated the subject of drinking. Let me be clear by saying there isn’t a single verse in the Bible that says a Christian cannot have a drink; although the Bible clearly warns about the destructive and addictive nature of alcohol (Proverbs 20:1; 21:17; 23:29-35; Ephesians 5:18) and is very clear that drunkenness is always wrong (Romans 13:13; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Peter 4:3; Habakkuk 2:15; 1 Corinthians 5:11).
Allow me to share some thoughts that you may not have considered.
- No one starts out to be an alcoholic. Everyone begins with a defensive attitude saying, ‘I’m just a social drinker and there is nothing wrong with it!’ no one says, ‘It is my ambition that someday I want to lose my job, my health, my self-respect, my marriage and my family. Someday I want to be dependent on alcohol to get through my day.’ yet, this is the destination at which several millions of people have arrived.
- Often, what you do in moderation, your children will do in excess. A careful reading of the Old Testament shows that the children of the kings of Israel often sinned greater than their fathers.
- I know that my abstaining from alcohol will not have any economic impact on the alcohol industry but that is not the issue. The issue is that I will personally (and so will you) give an account to God for my stewardship. Romans 14:12 I do not want a part in supporting an industry to destroys lives.
- I have yet to hear from anyone who drinks how alcohol enhances anything or blesses anyone. Max Lucado said, “One thing for sure, I have never heard anyone say, ‘A beer makes me feel more Christlike . . . Fact of the matter is this: People don’t associate beer with Christian behavior.” ’ve yet to see how it improves someone’s testimony or makes anyone a more effective witness for Christ. 1 Cor. 10:31
- Alcohol destroys your body. We are accountable to God how we have treated our bodies. 1 Cor. 6:19-20
I don’t judge those who believe they have freedom in Christ to drink. But when asked, I always tell people I don’t believe it’s the best choice.
The bottom line is this: the question really isn’t CAN A CHRISTIAN DRINK? Rather, it is: SHOULD A CHRISTIAN DRINK?