Jesus Christ our Master and Savior was so particular about what people thought about Him. He therefore asked "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" (Math.16:13). Should we as Christians also not be mindful of people's impression about us? The society views social alcoholic consumption as something that is indecent. Should Christians therefore not desist from such a thing? Christians should not drink alcohol at least for the sake of public relations. It makes the society look upon us with disdain. More importantly, it hinders evangelism. A lot of Christians have constituted nuisance in the society all in the name of "drink but don't get drunk". There is the incident of a preacher who came to church on a Sunday morning totally drunk. He was so drunk that he unzipped his trousers and urinated right at the entrance of the church meeting hall. What a shame!! Our neighbours are seeing these happenings and the effect is really obnoxious. Christians have been called to liberty (Gal.5:1) but that liberty is not absolute. It has limits. Enjoy your liberty! But it must remain within the purview of God's word. You must be selfless towards your fellow Christians. For example, you have the liberty to eat meat but your eating of meat becomes a sin of it dampens the spirit/faith of other Christians.
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Please read Rom.14:15-21. Our alcohol drinking fellows have been insensitive to how this dirty habit makes both fellow Christians and outsiders feel. This is rather unfortunate and regrettable. Some even contend that "our communion wine contains alcohol therefore it is not wrong to consume alcohol" For your information, the wine used by the Jews for Passover was non alcoholic. It was the same type of wine that the early church used for communion. But the one we use today contains alcohol as a preservative. Our climate does not support the growth of grapevine therefore the bottled and imported one must be preserved for exportation. More importantly, a knife (for example) is not a bad object on its own, but what it is used for is what makes it good or bad. In the Jewish temple, there must have been knives among the utensils used. These utensils were consecrated and holy. The priests slaughtered animals with these knives. Now imagine one of the priests stabbing another priest with one of these knives? This would make this knife unholy because it has been used wrongly. So even if the communion wine has always been alcoholic, then it should be used within the purview of what it is made for and not beyond i.e consuming it socially. Alcohol has its proper uses but not for social drinking. The drinking Christians have been stabbing the heart of the non-drinkers with their alcohol drinking. This is lack of love. "He who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1Jon.4:8). The Holy Spirit advises that it is not good for kings and princes to drink strong drink (alcohol)(Prov.34:4).
We as Christians are kings, princes, princesses and priests (1Pet.2:9, Rev.1:6, 5:10). He also says that strong drink is made for the perishing and the bitter of heart. The Christians are being saved and not perishing (Acts.2:47). The christian has the fruit of the Spirit one of which is joy (Gal.5:22). So Christians are not bitter of heart. The Holy Spirit is therefore saying that social alcoholic consumption is not for Christians. Christians are to abstain from it. Many Christians dispute over the above quoted passages. Their usual argument is that these are Old Testament passages. "We are not under the Old Testament, therefore those passages are not binding on us" This argument is weak. It exposes the inconsistency and hypocrisy of some of our brethren. Is it not in the same book of Proverbs that we read valuable instructions such as "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he grows up, he will not depart from it"? (Prov.22:6) Should we obey this?? "YESS!!" But when it comes to that concerning alcohol, then "NO!!, it is an Old Testament passage!" Let me inform you brethren, the book of Proverbs is not just a book of Law. It is a book of divine counsel (advice) written for people of all generations. It is only a fool that will reject the advice of the Holy Spirit. Let me conclude with this counsel from the experienced and wise king Solomon "Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly" (Prov.23:31). Thank you and God bless you!
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