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Saturday, May 17, 2008

A Few Sober Thoughts

Colorado is home to Coors, the beer that boasts that it uses cold, clear Rocky Mountain water. Call me old-fashioned if you like, but I recommend drinking the pristine water and abstaining from the beer. In spite of the blitz of media denunciation of cigarette smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages causes much more damage than smoking. Prom night may be the last night for some teens who drive drunk. Alcohol abuse can lead to unemployment, homelessness, divorce, and crime. I don’t condone smoking, but I wonder why no one in the media or government has launched a crusade against alcohol similar to the crusade against smoking.

Recently, a local news crew trailed and filmed our local district attorney throughout a workday. He was caught drinking and drinking and drinking and driving. More recently, our governor’s son hosted a keg party in the governor’s mansion. He and his guests are legal-age drinkers, and they did not destroy any property, but the incident seemed inappropriate.

Christians do not share a unanimous opinion about the issue of drinking alcoholic beverages, but we should agree about two related matters. (1) The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and should be dedicated to God for His glory (Rom. 12:1; 1 Cor. 6: 19, 20). Each of us must decide whether drinking alcoholic beverages defiles the temple. The same determination applies to overeating and/or eating unhealthful food. (2) We should be controlled by the Spirit and not be controlled by alcohol (Eph. 5:18). Alcohol cannot control the person who abstains.

Social drinking among Christians has become more acceptable in recent years, but is the practice honoring to the Lord? While you are weighing in on the issue, I think I will take a break and grab a cold one—a glass of the best water west of the Mississippi.

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