Written by Zack Sippert / October 2017
Is alcohol a bad thing? When we see or hear the names of various beers, wines, or hard liquors are we supposed to cast them away from us as if they were poison? Of course not! First of all, if God deemed alcohol as sinful and that you must avoid drinking it at all costs, then why would He use it in the Lord’s Supper. God uses wine as one of the earthly elements in the sacrament of the altar. With the wine, He grants us Christ’s blood shed for us for the forgiveness of our sins. Now we know that we can use alcohol in the Lord’s supper, but can we use it for reasons outside of sacramental use? Yes, for in Paul’s letter to Timothy He instructs the young pastor to not only drink water but to also drink a little wine for his stomach and his illness. Also at the wedding feast in Cana, Jesus turned the water into wine. If alcohol was banned by God, Jesus would never have done such a thing.
Obviously, alcohol is not sinful to consume, but we need to be careful with it. The use of it is what needs to be in constant check. First of all, God tells us that our bodies are not our own, but are His, 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 “…do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which is God’s.” Long time alcohol abuse may lead to dangerous diseases such as Cirrhosis of the liver. Too much alcohol at once may lead to death caused by alcohol poisoning. These are ways in which we may sin against God with our use of alcohol by not taking care of our bodies. Secondly, God doesn’t want us to get drunk, for it is against His command, Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” Isaiah 5:22 “Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink.” God would rather have us be sober and filled with His Spirit, Ephesians 5:18 “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” Use alcohol in moderation, for drunkenness is seen as unholy in the eyes of God. Now I know that people get “wasted” for fun and as I just said God doesn’t want that, but some people try to get drunk thinking that it will get rid of their sorrows. This is not the solution. I know we all have problems in this world, but the solution is not the bottle, but rather the cross of Christ. We all have struggles in life but the way to get through them is not to get drunk but to look at the victory Christ brought to us and realize that one day we will be in a world of paradise. John 16:33b “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
We know that alcohol is a blessing from God, but if you are living in the United States, only those 21. Time and time again I have seen people blow off this government law. I also have heard various excuses like “I’m pretty much 21. I can handle it.” Or “If I’m old enough to fight for my country, I’m old enough to drink.” Or “I just want to have a good time.” God doesn’t want to hear these excuses. He doesn’t want to see the laws of His minister, the government, disobeyed. Romans 13:1 “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” So if you are under age 21 and you desire to drink, fight the temptation and say no. If you are a minor and a friend offers you a drink, remember what God says and say no. Whether you are a minor or you can legally drink, if alcohol is a struggle for you, pray to God to give you strength to overcome temptation.
God has saved you. He has given His only begotten Son for you. Knowing this do not continue in sin. Enjoy your alcohol, but be careful with it. When you drink it, always drink in moderation.