As a pastor in Las Vegas I teach that Christians ought abstain from all alcohol, however I do acknowledge that there is a valid argument on the other side. All Christians understand that the Bible clearly condemns drunkenness but some suggest alcohol is moderation is acceptable. Though in no way do I want to be a thief of grace as those in Colossians 2:21-22, I do believe it is important to bring up several reasons why the modern, american christian should not partake.
6 Reasons Why I Don’t
1. Personal Health – I Cor. 9:27
I want to be in control of my body. How many times have we had to blame a mistake on alcohol. “If I hadn’t been drinking…” “It was the alcohol talking.” “But I was drunk…”
2. Spirit Control – Eph. 5:18
The Bible teaches as to be self-controlled and spirit-filled. If alcohol is controlling us then there is no room for the Spirit of God to control us. You cannot be a spirit controlled if drunk.
3. The Weaker Brother – Rom. 14:13
The Bible teaches that I ought be concerned for the Christians around me. Though I have liberty, at times I will limit my liberty for the purpose of helping a weaker brother. As a Christian I can drink but what if my drinking led another into sin. What if a recovering alcoholic used my beer as an excuse to “just have one?” What if my children had a lifelong struggle with alcohol because they grew up watching daddy partake? I’ve always said that my children will never break into my liquor cabinet… because I don’t have a liquor cabinet. I don’t need it, therefore, concern for others keeps me sober.
4. The Wisdom Books – Proverbs
For those who condone social drinking it is very difficult to explain away the wisdom books. The book of Proverbs is filled with warnings regarding alcohol. At one point it says not even to look upon wine. (Prov. 23:31) That’s enough for me.
5. Social Concern
Though not a biblical reason I believe this thought has merit. I don’t want to support the alcohol companies! These companies have been at the bottom of the break-up of homes, the abuse of children and the death of many. Every time I hear of a dear individual who was killed by a drunk driver my heart cries out for not only the dead victim but also the poor soul who was driving the car who will have to live with that truth for the rest of their lives. Though I am against prohibition I am also against alcohol. Alcohol has not helped this country. Alcohol has not helped children. Alcohol has destroyed too many lives for this pastor to partake in its violence.
6. Personal Experience
Perhaps in your life you have never seen the evils of alcohol and are therefore sheltered from its damages. I have not been so lucky. As a pastor I have heard countless stories of adultery that began with a little drinking. Child abuse that began with a little trip to the bar. I have a friend who I personally led to Christ in prison today for manslaughter because after his bar room brawl he ran over his opponent in the parking lot with his truck. As a Pastor, I know, alcohol hurts people. My father, as a 16-year-old boy had to pull a gun on his drunk older stepbrother to keep him from beating his sister to death. My mother had to experience the pain and abuse of having a drunkard for a father. So for me, I will never drink, for drink has led only to pain. Perhaps your experience with alcohol has been more pleasant and you have no regrets regarding alcohol. Perhaps alcohol has brought peace, joy and happiness to you and all those you know… if this is the case… then by all means… drink up. Joshua 24:15 But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Proverbs 23:29-35 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions?who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hathredness of eyes? 30They that tarry long at the wine; they that go toseek mixed wine. 31Look not thou upon the wine when it is red,when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.32At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.33Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shallutter perverse things. 34Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down inthe midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.35They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; theyhave beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek ityet again.
Not all of these arguments will ring true for you, they’re not supposed to. These are my personal reasons. However, if you find truth in one of these arguments you may want to reconsider you position or at least your personal habits.
What do you think? Which reason do you connect with? Do you disagree? Share your thoughts below: