What does your church say about alcohol consumption for Christians ? Our Baptist pastor taught us that a single drop of alcohol should never pass a Christian’s lips.
I was shocked when I saw that , in the Catholic Church, people receiving communion have the option of drinking communion wine in many churches. My son, trained in law enforcement, has told me that people leaving Mass after drinking wine , should not be surprised if a police officer would question smelling alcohol on their breath, if they happen to be stopped.
The Bible does not condemn drinking alcohol, but warns against the evil of drunkenness. I have been to Cana, (Kana, Israel ), where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. A church is built there now, and six stone jugs, with purple stains on them, are on display above the altar.
Since moving to rural Newfoundland, I have witnessed the devastating effects of alcoholism, with its dire consequences of poverty, violent behaviour, broken homes and people’s involvement with the criminal justice system.
Therefore, I choose not to drink alcohol. My Baptist pastor was right.
Spiritual warfare is increasing these days, and I Peter 5:8 warns us of the importance of staying sober, since “the old enemy” is always on the prowl.
Pictured is Welch’s Grape Juice, one of my favourite beverages.