I remember, some while ago, hearing the news about a “Christian” business owner that made a decision to sell beer, wine, and other spirits in the establishment.
I was shocked by this and wondered how and why a Christian would do such a thing.
It was purely for economic reasons; money!
Is that reason justification for doing it?
This will now open the age-old debate on drinking.
The advocate will cite such things as Jesus turned water into wine and Paul instructed Timothy to drink some for his stomach’s sake.
My immediate, though sarcastic reply as one opposed to liquor would be, “When you can make your own wine out of water or are advised by an apostle to drink it for your health, then you may also.”
But that would not be a good answer and only increase my reputation as a smart-aleck.
Therefore, it is up to the Bible to give direction on the drink.
Though the aforementioned verses come up the most, the Bible has more to say about the subject.
Isn’t it amazing how we will pick and choose those verses of scripture that support our own point of view and toss aside and ignore those that don’t?
There are 278 references to wine in the NKJV Bible, 256 in the King James, and 272 in the NIV.
Written amongst the water-to-wine and stomach-sake verses in all of the translations is wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. Prov 20:1
I would think that a business decision to sale the product for economic security is would fall under the “led astray” category.
But then I’m an opponent of the sale of it.
I could use a form of Biblical logic for my argument, not unlike that used on me with the water-to-wine and stomach-sake.
Then the LORD spoke to Aaron, saying: “Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, that you may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean, and that you may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD has spoken to them by the hand of Moses.” Lev 10:8-11
It’s apparent that high priest and sons were forbidden to drink wine or intoxicating drink before performing holy duties.
Peter says you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5
He also says you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood , a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9-10
Since we are now a “priesthood” a “holy nation” and are suppose to be a living example of the holy duties of God, then, should we drink?
You may say that high priest and sons were forbidden to drink and go into the tabernacle or temple.
Good point! Excellent point! Outstandingly good and excellent point!
I now point you to something Paul said; do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Cor 3:16
A Christian is now the temple of the Holy Spirit!
I’m sure it won’t look good on the heavenly resume to say you got the Holy Spirit a little buzzed!
There is one more verse that perhaps wraps it all up and stands all by itself without any further comment on my part; if the godly compromise with the wicked, it is like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring. Prov 25:26