Today’s Scripture: Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Proverbs 20:1
Christians agree that drunkenness is wrong. There is a debate whether alcohol can be drunk in moderation or not at all. I wholeheartedly believe that the Bible condemns alcoholic beverages completely. However, if we could not prove from Scripture that alcohol should be completely avoided, which I believe we can, then for the sake of the weaker brother, we ought to avoid it so it won’t be a stumbling block for him.
Alcohol produces alcoholics. Some people might be able to control it; some people cannot. One woman put it this way, “I finally discovered that I had not planned to become an alcoholic when I took my first drink. It’s just the way it was. I didn’t mean to hurt my family and friends.”
It is important to realize that without the first drink, a person will never be drunk. Whether a person is prone to alcoholism or not, the avoidance of his first drink depends on you and me. Some churches serve intoxicating wine in their communion services. If you cannot know who is prone to alcoholism, then you are aiding the sin nature when you serve that kind of communion. If someone is a reformed alcoholic, wouldn’t you be helping that man or woman return like a dog to their vomit?
On a side note, if we are to drink in remembrance of Christ, why would we drink the very substance that people drink for the purpose of forgetting?
Christians cannot be a part of this! This is a serious problem. Alcohol has destroyed countless people’s lives. We ought to be the ones who not only abstain from it but teach others the dangers of it.
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. Proverbs 23:31
We should not even consider taking the first taste of wine after it is fermented. Finally, if only drinking too much wine is a sin, we must still abstain from the APPEARANCE of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.