Does Christianity allow drinking alcohol, wine, beer

Alcohol kills! Why is nobody saying that? (FMN)

12/10/2015 Personal Belief

Manuel Seibel

Within a very short time, two detailed articles on the subject of "alcohol" were published in daily newspapers. Obviously, in our society one cannot master this topic. Can we Christians overcome this problem?
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Folk drug No. 1

Alcohol is still the people's drug No. 1. According to the German headquarters for addiction issues, 2.4 million Germans abuse alcohol. 1.6 million Germans are addicted to alcohol. The number of alcohol-related deaths is stable at around 75,000 people annually.

The chairman of the Blue Cross (Wuppertal), a Christian help for addicts, recently said: “Obviously we cannot get the problem under control. The intoxication gives the addict a fascinating experience, which is stronger than anything else, including the experience of deep community with others. "

 

Alcohol in the Bible

Alcohol was a danger to people from the start. The first person who is said in the Bible to grow wine was Noah, this man of God and of faith. And he was also the first person we read that was totally drunk. As a result, he was no longer in control of his senses, so that he exposed himself (Gen. 9:21).

Lot also succumbed to the temptations of alcohol. This led to the evil deed of being both a father and a grandfather to children born to his daughters. He had begotten her in a drunken state (1. Mo 19.30 ff.).

 

The Bible as an excuse?

Do some Christians use the words of Lemuel's mother in defense? "Give strong drink to those who perish and wine to those who are troubled: let him drink and forget his poverty and do not remember his hardships" (Prov. 31: 6, 7). Whatever the specific interpretation and correct application of these verses to King Lemuel, we can only warn with the family doctor and esteemed Bible interpreter Henri Rossier against misusing these verses as a license to drink alcohol. For us Christians it is always true: “Do not get drunk with wine that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18).

Drinking alcohol is mentioned in the Bible Not forbidden. But perhaps there is no other means of consumption which sensible use turns into harmful abuse so quickly. God warns us against this. I would like to warn you about this as a young Christian.

 

Abstinence!

To name an age: Before you turn 16, you shouldn't touch a drop if possible. Unfortunately, there are examples among serious Christians where, in connection with boisterous young people's parties, not only did alcohol flow in abundance, but grave moral sins developed from it. Fornication, uncleanness, so that some had to be excluded from the community of believers (1 Cor. 5 and 6), etc. came out of it. Young people have been seduced by it and led into the world. Finding your way back from this is an extraordinarily rocky road. Please do not learn this from your own experience, but learn from the experience of the few who have found back - by the grace of God.

What is it like: you ski together, you go to a mountain hut, meet up after school or your workday: Are you an outsider if you explicitly don't drink alcohol? Would it be “dry” to be together if everyone only drinks coke and soda?

 

Parties and celebrations

I recently heard that in certain places it had / has become a habit for younger Christians to gather at a disco one night a week and a party another night. I would like to make you aware that this is sin.

Young (and older) Christians can and should have joy. But how does a Christian really want to feel joy and happiness when the Lord Jesus cannot sit there? It's not about just talking about Christ and His Word. But could you do it there too? Do you do that too?

In one of the two articles mentioned in the introduction it was mentioned that some believe that only philistines remain abstinent today. Perhaps you call this kind of people completely different ... Today you can be against everything - against all forms of traditions. But those who speak against alcohol make themselves unpopular, at least behind closed doors. “What's the problem anyway? What can you say against a glass or two? ”In absolute terms: nothing. But why do you need this at all? Does the mood only rise when the level rises?

 

From a drink to an addiction

We must not forget that alcohol consumption and alcohol levels are closely related. Just one or two glasses at a time, right? You get used to alcohol very quickly. And there are not only the constant drinkers, but also the occasional drinkers who "only" get filled up every few weeks and then are no longer in control of their senses for three days. And our testimony as Christians to our classmates, colleagues, neighbors?

Many schools have a big party almost every weekend. Anyone who does not participate as a Christian is an outsider. It's not easy for anyone! But just then you can prove that you have understood what the Lord Jesus said in his prayer to the Father: "The world hated them because they are not of the world" (Jn 17:14). And Peter tells us: "For the past time is enough to have accomplished the will of the nations, walking in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, indulgence, drinking feasts and wicked idolatry" (1 Pet 4,3).

Back to the actual topic: You can read that more than 3 billion euros per year are washed into the coffers of the state through the various alcohol taxes. However, there is something to counter this: health insurances have to raise 27 billion euros per year for the subject of alcohol. No statistic can describe the immeasurable emotional harm that drinkers cause themselves and their families. How is a child or spouse supposed to recover from the painful experience of a father who is drunk again and again and who also makes cynical rhetoric about his wife or children? This also increases the risk that they will become alcoholics themselves. Unfortunately, we know of cases among Christians where addiction has been “inherited” over generations.

 

Illusions

In an article (FAZ) I read: “Anyone who still claims today that smoking makes you slim or is good for digestion is no longer taken seriously. The word has got around that this kind of thing has long since been refuted and was once specifically launched by the tobacco industry - including bribery of scientists and the unscrupulous falsification of medical studies. When it comes to alcohol, however, the half-truths and falsehoods that have always legitimized binge drinking and are supposed to calm a guilty conscience are still passed on without worry: red wine is good for the heart, beer is the best thirst quencher, a digestif helps digestion, an aperitif makes - the name says it all! - Appetite, and alcohol also helps you sleep better. None of this is true. But one likes to believe ... ”1 These somewhat“ robust ”remarks do not stand in the way of Paul's advice to Timothy to take a little wine because of his frequent malaise (1 Tim 5:23). However, this reference is sometimes incorrectly generalized.

Alcohol kills when you get used to the constant "pleasure". Therefore, I would like to expressly warn you against drinking smaller and larger amounts more and more unconsciously. Nobody can drown their worries with beer or schnapps. That's impossible. They are still there afterwards. Problems at work or difficulties in a marriage and family do not go away just because alcohol is used to suppress them.

 

people in need

When someone has difficulties, they can call out to God. The glorified Lord has given brothers from heaven as gifts to the congregation who do pastoral service for the benefit of the believers. There are married couples who have an open house and an ear for different needs.

And when you have reached such a high level of consumption that you feel that you can no longer get away from it alone? Then go to a shepherd who will listen to you. Chances are, you won't get anywhere without medical withdrawal. But better that than to sin and to shorten your life even more with alcohol and make it less worth living in. An accompanying pastoral care will also give you the necessary courage.

We all also want to be sensitive when we see someone smelling, looking or using alcohol more often than others. We're not detectives, definitely not. But how often did we say to ourselves afterwards: This shouldn't happen to us again, that we lacked the courage to speak to someone in good time. Courage and sensitivity go together and are a blessing. "He who leads a sinner back from astray in his path will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins" (Jas 5:20).

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Footnotes:

1 These somewhat “robust” remarks do not stand in the way of Paul's advice to Timothy to drink a little wine because of his frequent malaise (1 Timothy 5:23). However, this reference is sometimes incorrectly generalized.