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3 Reasons a Christian Can Drink Alcohol

September 20, 2017
Christians can drink alcohol

When it comes to whether a Christian can drink alcohol, the Bible couldn’t be clearer or more direct. There is no Scripture that says that it’s a sin to drink alcohol.

It’s not a sin to drink alcohol.

Psalm 104:15 says that God made wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.” And in Ecclesiastes 9:7, we’re admonished to “go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.”

 

It’s not a sin for a Christian to drink alcohol. However, a Christian can drink alcohol under these three conditions.

1. A Christian can drink alcohol if alcohol addiction isn’t a trap.

“No one starts out to be an alcoholic,” writes Barry Cameron in “Can a Christian Drink Alcohol?” “Everyone begins with a defensive attitude saying, ‘I’m just a social drinker and there is nothing wrong with it!’ No one says, ‘It is my ambition that someday I want to lose my job, my health, my self-respect, my marriage and my family. Someday I want to be dependent on alcohol to get through my day.’”

If you come from a family that’s had generation after generation impacted by alcoholism, drinking alcohol could be a trap for you. Challenges with addiction have ravaged families. Alcohol addiction can be a trap for people who have this tendency. The Bible warns in Luke21:34: “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.”

2. A Christian can drink alcohol if doing so won’t cause someone to stumble.

Galatians 5:13 says, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

Yes, we have freedom but we shouldn’t always use that freedom—especially when it could potentially hurt a weaker brother or sister in Christ. Romans 14:21-22 directs, “It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves.”

 

3. A Christian can drink alcohol in moderation—and not to get drunk.

The Bible warns against drunkenness. 1 Peter 4:3 says, “For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.”

What do you think? Are there other reasons that a Christian can—or cannot—drink alcohol? Post in the comments below.

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What Makes Marriage Last?

As single people, we are attracted to many people, and it's not like that attraction stops once the ring goes on your finger.
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Q. I don't understand how marriages last. As single people, we are attracted to many people, and it's not like that attraction stops once the ring goes on your finger. But no matter how wonderful a person you marry, you'll eventually meet someone funnier, smarter, cuter or whatever. How do you not want them instead of your spouse? How do you know that your spouse will stay with you? I'm not even engaged, but I just wonder.

A. Great question. Sooner or later every married person confronts two troubling facts: we are restless people, and our partners are not perfect. Even when life goes well, sometimes you do think you'd rather be with somebody else—that another partner would be more attractive, more fun, more encouraging. Those thoughts grow all the more troubling when, as happens in every relationship, you're struggling.

Such times are when married couples must clearly understand what the institution of marriage is all about. Marriage is more than just a personal decision to hook up with somebody. Yes, before the wedding you get to make a choice. You ask yourself whether this is the one person in all the universe you want to live with and love for the rest of your life. After the wedding, however, the question changes (assuming you understand what marriage is all about). After the wedding, you don't ask whether you want to live with this person forever, you ask how. The "whether" part is settled when you say your vows.

That's because your relationship and marriage is no longer just your decision. It's your decision plus your partner's. It's your decision plus all those people who witnessed the ceremony and stood behind you in your commitment. Most importantly, it's your decision plus God's. When you make a pledge of marriage, God decides to stand with you, and he does not change his mind. And he is serious about marriages going the distance. Jesus said, "What God has joined together, let man not separate" (Matthew 19:6).

Asking whether you still want to be married to your spouse is something like a soldier asking whether the war he's volunteered for is really such a good idea. When the bullets are flying, a soldier is bound to wonder whether he really meant to volunteer. But you can't quit in the heat of battle, unless you want to be a traitor to everyone fighting on your side. It was your decision alone to join, but it's not your decision alone to quit.

If marriage is a battle—and despite its many benefits, it sometimes feels like a battle—always remember this: God never quits. Of course, that doesn't mean you won't sometimes wish you were with somebody else. But it does guarantee you will get help. On a practical level, two people who take their vows seriously can overcome temptations, because they can get help from their friends, their church, and from God. A lot of times, temptations are fleeting: If you ignore them, they usually go away. Even if temptations and difficulties persist, you can overcome them.

But how do you know your partner will keep loving you? That's one important reason to marry a serious Christian. If you both understand that a marriage commitment is God's commitment, you can stand secure. Your partner also may be tempted by others, but with God's strength, you and your partner can overcome any difficulty.

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