"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons." -Galatians 4:4-5

Trying to understand life rightly through a Covenant lens.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Alcohol and the Church

An article recently came to my attention and the title intrigued me. "A Call to End Christian Prohibition." I'll link the address to the article below. It's a topic I've been considering and trying to think rightly about ever since I've turned 21. The stigma that comes with turning 21 and the ability to now consume alcohol is also intriguing to me. Is it the fascination of being able to do something legally now that one was legally not able to do previously? Anyway, wandering down that rabbit trail wouldn't be profitable in this particular discussion. The article briefly discusses the history of the Guinness brewing then moves into discussing the church's role on the history of alcohol.

I don't particularly endorse or agree with all of what the author of the post has to say but I think he does an interesting job writing his post. It's a long article so I would encourage you to carve out 10 minutes to read it. Whether you agree with it or not is beside the point but if nothing else, let it stretch you in what you may think about alcohol consumption. I think the author may have something about the church being too passive in what is going on in culture. I don't say that to rip the church but rather to speak reality into our congregation. Sitting idly by while culture "does it's thing" is not what Jesus intended for His church. We are called to be engaged with the culture but not to be identified with it. We identify with Christ and His finished, redeeming work on the cross. From there, being firmly grounded in that identity, we should engage the culture to show them the hope that there is in God. Again, we can't afford to shut out the sinful "world." We treat everyone with the same love and grace that Christ has shown us so that people outside the covenant with God can see there is something to be desired in the Christ. The general point I want to get across is that we, the church, shouldn't be quick to dodge tough issues. Open up dialogue and let's search the Scriptures on tough topics like alcohol and sex. It's when we are silent on issues like these that the devil begins to pervert them of their true meaning and how we ought to think about these issues.


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