“𝓐𝓷𝓭 𝓭𝓸 𝓷𝓸𝓽 𝓰𝓮𝓽 𝓭𝓻𝓾𝓷𝓴 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱 𝔀𝓲𝓷𝓮, 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓲𝓼 𝓭𝓲𝓼𝓼𝓲𝓹𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷, 𝓫𝓾𝓽 𝓫𝓮 𝓯𝓲𝓵𝓵𝓮𝓭 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓢𝓹𝓲𝓻𝓲𝓽,” Eph. 5:18
When my children were growing up, they did not see their parents drinking. No bottles of beer or wine in the fridge. They did not have to accommodate for parents who were checked out in party mode. Drinking alcohol is a gateway to doing stupid stuff.
This is the place where the Christian drinker will confidently insist “you can drink as long as it’s not in excess.” Solomon drank, right? True. But for some reason he said it was all chasing after the wind. Do you want to justify your bad habits on the man who after being blessed with unparalleled wisdom delves into excess and ushered in sin to the nation? Do you? The Bible says to be sober and not drunk. Do you know the point of “drunk”? At what alcohol blood content level do the lips sin? At what point is the balance and perception fail? At what point is it that selfishness kicks in? I do not think you know and there is a lot of worry about if you guess wrong. You may insist that you have total control and never get drunk when you drink, but your teen boy thinks he too can drink since you do. And he doesn’t have the experiences and control to avoid the guardrail and the cliff. When his life is in ruin, it’s on you. Yes, you Christian drinkers , it’s on you when your examples lead your children to drink to the ruin of their souls.
The Apostle says to instead be filled with the Spirit. I have never seen a drinker full of the Spirit. If you are wasting your money on alcoholic beverages, you need to think about what you are risking. This is the point where the Christian drinker says, “but you waste money on coffee and burgers.” The problem with this is there’s no sin associated with coffee and burgers unless these are done to excess. Do not rationalize your lust by comparing apples to oranges.
A man I knew years ago would rationalize that he would celebrate the killing of a deer by having a little drink. But the drink became a problem. I will not say anything specific, but the drink led him to tell a lie. He confessed his sin and also made a personal decision to not drink alcohol again. Believe it, the drinker is going to lie. A close friend who did counseling said drinkers are liars. He didn’t explain in detail what he meant, but his experience made him conclude that drinkers are liars.
I will close this little admonition with a passage from Proverbs that is pointed and convicting. “29 𝓦𝓱𝓸 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝔀𝓸𝓮? 𝓦𝓱𝓸 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝓼𝓸𝓻𝓻𝓸𝔀? 𝓦𝓱𝓸 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝓬𝓸𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓷𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓼? 𝓦𝓱𝓸 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝓬𝓸𝓶𝓹𝓵𝓪𝓲𝓷𝓲𝓷𝓰? 𝓦𝓱𝓸 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝔀𝓸𝓾𝓷𝓭𝓼 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱𝓸𝓾𝓽 𝓬𝓪𝓾𝓼𝓮? 𝓦𝓱𝓸 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝓻𝓮𝓭𝓷𝓮𝓼𝓼 𝓸𝓯 𝓮𝔂𝓮𝓼? 30 𝓣𝓱𝓸𝓼𝓮 𝔀𝓱𝓸 𝓵𝓲𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓻 𝓵𝓸𝓷𝓰 𝓸𝓿𝓮𝓻 𝔀𝓲𝓷𝓮, 𝓣𝓱𝓸𝓼𝓮 𝔀𝓱𝓸 𝓰𝓸 𝓽𝓸 𝓽𝓪𝓼𝓽𝓮 𝓶𝓲𝔁𝓮𝓭 𝔀𝓲𝓷𝓮. 31 𝓓𝓸 𝓷𝓸𝓽 𝓵𝓸𝓸𝓴 𝓸𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝔀𝓲𝓷𝓮 𝔀𝓱𝓮𝓷 𝓲𝓽 𝓲𝓼 𝓻𝓮𝓭, 𝓦𝓱𝓮𝓷 𝓲𝓽 𝓼𝓹𝓪𝓻𝓴𝓵𝓮𝓼 𝓲𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓬𝓾𝓹, 𝓦𝓱𝓮𝓷 𝓲𝓽 𝓰𝓸𝓮𝓼 𝓭𝓸𝔀𝓷 𝓼𝓶𝓸𝓸𝓽𝓱𝓵𝔂; 32 𝓐𝓽 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓵𝓪𝓼𝓽 𝓲𝓽 𝓫𝓲𝓽𝓮𝓼 𝓵𝓲𝓴𝓮 𝓪 𝓼𝓮𝓻𝓹𝓮𝓷𝓽 𝓐𝓷𝓭 𝓼𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰𝓼 𝓵𝓲𝓴𝓮 𝓪 𝓿𝓲𝓹𝓮𝓻. 33 𝓨𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓮𝔂𝓮𝓼 𝔀𝓲𝓵𝓵 𝓼𝓮𝓮 𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓰𝓼 𝓐𝓷𝓭 𝔂𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓶𝓲𝓷𝓭 𝔀𝓲𝓵𝓵 𝓾𝓽𝓽𝓮𝓻 𝓹𝓮𝓻𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓼𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓰𝓼. 34 𝓐𝓷𝓭 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝔀𝓲𝓵𝓵 𝓫𝓮 𝓵𝓲𝓴𝓮 𝓸𝓷𝓮 𝔀𝓱𝓸 𝓵𝓲𝓮𝓼 𝓭𝓸𝔀𝓷 𝓲𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓶𝓲𝓭𝓭𝓵𝓮 𝓸𝓯 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓮𝓪, 𝓞𝓻 𝓵𝓲𝓴𝓮 𝓸𝓷𝓮 𝔀𝓱𝓸 𝓵𝓲𝓮𝓼 𝓭𝓸𝔀𝓷 𝓸𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓽𝓸𝓹 𝓸𝓯 𝓪 𝓶𝓪𝓼𝓽. 35 “𝓣𝓱𝓮𝔂 𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓾𝓬𝓴 𝓶𝓮, 𝓫𝓾𝓽 𝓘 𝓭𝓲𝓭 𝓷𝓸𝓽 𝓫𝓮𝓬𝓸𝓶𝓮 𝓲𝓵𝓵; 𝓣𝓱𝓮𝔂 𝓫𝓮𝓪𝓽 𝓶𝓮, 𝓫𝓾𝓽 𝓘 𝓭𝓲𝓭 𝓷𝓸𝓽 𝓴𝓷𝓸𝔀 𝓲𝓽. 𝓦𝓱𝓮𝓷 𝓼𝓱𝓪𝓵𝓵 𝓘 𝓪𝔀𝓪𝓴𝓮? 𝓘 𝔀𝓲𝓵𝓵 𝓼𝓮𝓮𝓴 𝓪𝓷𝓸𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓻 𝓭𝓻𝓲𝓷𝓴.” Pro. 23.