Is it so hard to believe?
I took Linda to the ER Monday morning with dizziness, nausea, back ache, and chest pains.
The on-call doctor asked a bunch of questions like “how much do you weigh?” Linda answered honestly and, yes, we are both over-weight.
He asked, “Do you exercise?” We both know we should but we don’t. We really want to and need to!
He asked, “Do you smoke?” Positively not! That’s easy enough to believe.
Then he asked, “Do you drink?”
Linda responded with a definitive “No!”
He glanced at her over his glasses. “Not even a little bit?”
“Not even a little bit!” she said.
His reply was still a question; “Really?”
Even an orderly that was taking her to get and X-ray asked if she smoked or drank and couldn’t believe that she doesn’t drink at all.
We don’t drink alcohol! Not even a little bit! That’s our choice and it’s our belief that alcohol is a destroyer of families and a detriment to a Christian life-style.
There are too many alcoholics in my family and heritage. I carry the gene.
That’s not to say I haven’t had anything to drink but I was a teenager and it’s been more than 35 years.
It’s really not hard not to drink, at least to me. I don’t need it.
I really became more aware of this fact on our recent cruise where the temptation to drink is rammed down every one’s throat. Waiter’s are constantly carrying pre-made cocktails around the ship and offering it to anyone and everyone.
As a Christian and pastor I am aware of what the Bible says about drinking.
Prov 20:1 – Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Lev 10:8-11 – Then the Lord said to Aaron, “You and your descendants must never drink wine or any other alcoholic drink before going into the Tabernacle. If you do, you will die. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation. You must distinguish between what is sacred and what is common, between what is ceremonially unclean and what is clean. And you must teach the Israelites all the decrees that the Lord has given them through Moses.”
Deut 32:33 – Their wine is the poison of serpents, And the cruel venom of cobras.
Prov 23:31-32 – Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake; it stings like a viper.
Eph 5:18-20 – Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I know what some may say – Jesus turned water into wine!
Yes, He did! He also healed the sick and raised the dead. I don’t see anyone that drinks doing those marvelous works. Using Jesus as an excuse to dull the senses is a poor choice!