From Out of Ur:
Some younger pastors in traditionally teetotalling denominations are beginning to view bans on alcohol use as out of date. Is their so-called liberty in Christ simply an excuse for bad behavior? Or are the old timers adding laws to the gospel?
Mark Driscoll has thought the issue through (probably because the Pacific Northwest has more breweries than people) and argues that responsible alcohol use is thoroughly biblical.
John Piper disagrees. “I choose to oppose the carnage of alcohol abuse by boycotting the product. Is it really so prudish to renounce a highway killer, a home destroyer, and a business wrecker?”
Hmmmm… The comments at this blog site are quite interesting. Check out this video as well.
Is drinking a sin? Paul says that” all things are lawful but not all things are profitable.”
Why is this an issue for Christians? I believe it to be an issue because it’s a heart issue at its core. Those who try to justify drinking, obviously have a conviction that drinking is wrong. If you had no conviction about drinking, it wouldn’t be an issue, and you would not think anything of what people “thought” about you for drinking.
The real question for most believers who try to justify their drinking, is, “what can I still do, that is what I want to do and still be considered “holy” or “righteous”?” We often try to see how much worldliness we can hold onto, and still be considered “Christian”.
Is drinking a sin? Is it really an issue? I am more concerned about the individuals who try to justify their “freedoms” because it shows that God is not at the center of their life like He needs to be.
My prayer for this issue is that God will be made prominent in our lives and that an issue such as whether “drinking is a sin or not”, will be replaced with issues like ” How can I tell more people about Christ?”