1 Chronicles 21 & 22
Should Christians Drink Alcohol?
To Drink or Not to Drink?
Verse 1, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”
I’m frequently asked what the Bible says about drinking. I usually explain that the Bible does not condemn all drinking, but it does condemn drunkenness, specifically. And it gives us other passages to guide our decisions in this area. Here are 3 from Paul’s epistles:
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify” (1 Cor. 10.23).
“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” (1 Cor. 6.12).
“It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak” (Rom. 14.21).
Discerning God’s Will
So we need to ask ourselves several questions as we consider whether or not we should drink:
Is it edifying, not just to me, but to those around me? My children or others?
Could I be brought under its power, either temporarily or in the long term? Temporarily, will my behavior be influenced by it? Long term, could I become addicted to it?
Is it the loving thing to do? Are there others around me who struggle in this area and who could be wrongly influenced or tempted?
What about the unbelievers that God has placed in my life? Perhaps even strangers who are watching from a distance? One of the excuses unsaved people use to keep God at arm’s length is that believers are hypocrites. Is my freedom worth being a stumbling block to someone? That’s what Paul was referring to in Romans 14.21. Continue reading