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Friday Link Highlight 10.14.11 – To drink or not to drink?

Good afternoon everyone.  This week’s most clicked link from my Monday post has to do with an old topic:

Should Christians drink alcohol?

I suggest clicking on this one and giving it a read (probably 5-10 minutes of your time).

Here are a few thoughts I have.

1. It’ s impossible to speak in an absolute . . .

It’s hard because we like absolutes.  We like to know absolutely what to do in every circumstance.  In this case, it’s hard to do that with such a weight of Biblical evidence pointing us away from an absolute yes or no, right or wrong.

2. What do you think when you see a Christian with a drink?

I can’t answer for you, but I do challenge you to think about this.  Is there really a reason to make a snap judgment?  I know that while I choose not to drink, I am certainly blessed to be exposed to Christians who can use alcohol responsibly.  I may never be 100% comfortable around alcohol, but I certainly don’t have anything against Christians who are able to drink responsibly.

3. The line of where we are causing people to stumble must be evaluated carefully.

The Bible cautions strongest in using alcohol in a way that causes people to stumble.  We don’t want to tempt people (either people who’ve had trouble with alcohol in the past or people who may be young and impressionable).  We don’t want to give the wrong impression either.  So, believer, my advice is to consider how much you drink.  I’d also consider how much you talk about it, how much you glorify it, and how much you may be directly or indirectly influencing less mature people with the way alcohol is used in your lives.  Let nothing distract from our passion for Christ!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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