SHOULD CHRISTIANS DRINK ALCOHOLAbout a few years back, my dad became friends with a young couple from Jehovah witness, the friendship became so strong that they invited me and my sisters to their home, on getting there I saw a mini bar and surprisingly they offered us Barleys. I was surprised and thought to myself should Christians drink alcohol but I took the glass anyway, reading the surprise on my face, the husband explained to us that Christians are allowed to drink but drunkenness is a sin. It was my first time of hearing that and coming from members of Jehovah witness I was shocked.
Is it a sin to drink alcohol as a Christian? Many a times, questions like this arise in and outside the church. Most Christians and Churches preach against the intake of alcohol while others like the Catholics and the Anglicans support drinking in moderation. Some also argue that there is no instruction in the Bible that clearly states that drinking alcohol is a sin, they even say that if Jesus could turn water into wine then there is nothing wrong with drinking it. One of my best books in the Bible Ecclesiastes 9:7 says “Go eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already accepted your works”. Romans 13:13 also says “Lets us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.”
Clearly the Bible doesn’t condemn the intake of alcohol but it did warn us in Proverbs 20:1 which says “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise”. So can Christians take alcohol? Yes. But is it wise to take alcohol? Probably not, because it’s very easy to graduate from moderate drinking to excessive drinking depending on your mood and the gathering that you are and when you take it in excess it becomes a sin. 1Corinthians 10:23 says “All things are lawful for me but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” Even the intake of food when taken in excess that is gluttony can become a sin. Apart from the fact the Bible warns against drinking, it also leads to many short and long-term health problems. It increases the risk of death especially if it is done while driving.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” At the end of the day, Christians who think it’s safer to abstain from alcohol have the freedom to and others who enjoy drinking should do so responsibly within the boundaries God has created and not cause themselves or others harm.