Thursday, May 22, 2008


I should probably put this on my personal blog, but whatever.

Check out this passage from Luke 7:33-34:

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.'  The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." '

What would Jesus do?  Drink alcohol, apparently.  What this means is what my dad has taught me all along; drinking alcohol is not sinful, getting drunk on alcohol is.

The Pharisees quickly labeled Jesus a "drunkard," though he wasn't.  I bet Jesus would be labeled the same by some of today's churchgoers.  Those same churchgoers should probably have a look at that passage.


Chad said...

Hah, that's funny, I read Luke 7 last night and was thinking the exact same thing. Interesting how that worked out =p

Tim said...

I think drinking is like money. Both can be taken to excess, but no one would say we shouldn't use money. As long as we recognize the fact that many things that are ok in moderation can become sinful in excess, and live accordingly, I don't see a problem with it. After all, the Bible says that money is the root of all kinds of evil, yet I don't hear many people say you shouldn't earn or spend money.

Stevie said...

i just want to say its not too big of a deal but it is something to be says the LOVE of money is the root of all kinds of evil.

Terry said...

Good point on "love of money" being the problem - which Tim really alludes to even tho he didn't actually quote the scripture correctly. We should also note that our liberty in Christ should not cause others to stumble. Remember Timothy had to be told by Paul to drink some wine to settle his stomach (for your stomach's sake - ought to do a study in the greek on that some time to see what he was saying). Timothy had taken his not drinking to an extreme in order, I'm assuming, to not be a stumbling block. How about flaunting your wealth in the face of others? That could cause envy in the body couldn't it? That would be a sin then - enjoying your wealth too much so that others are put down by it... hummmm..

Tim said...

The love of money would be the excess or extreme I was talking about, just as the love of alcohol (drunkeness), would be the extreme or excess of drinking.