Wednesday, September 21, 2011
"strong drink" for Christians
I don't drink--by choice. That choice has a lot to do with me being [raised as] a Christian but it has just as much to do with my personal convictions. Even during my rebellious years, I never got drunk but prefferred to steal sips through the cocktail straws of my friends' drinks. I could probably count the number of alcoholic encounters I've had on both hands (maybe even one; I never actually kept track).
But before you get the wrong idea and take this as a sanctimonious ode to my self-restraint, the reason I decided to talk about my [in]experience with alcohol was because I'm constantly re-evaluating my stance on the issue. I read an article tonight that provided a really unique perspective on the issue--The Pleasures and Perils of Fermentation--so that re-kindled my thoughts, as well.
For the record, I don't think that drinking alcohol is a "sin"--but I do think that drunkenness is (or it should be). Also, drinking in public around those who aren't saved--but they know that I am--may confuse them based on society's views of what Christians should and shouldn't do. Yes, I know that I shouldn't be driven by what other people think, BUT there are some instances where our actions can deeply impact those on the outside looking in, or even new believers--and this particular verse has been the driving force behind my decision to not [openly] partake of alcohol.
Personally, I would have no problem drinking a glass of wine in the privacy of my home but I haven't taken the step to actually buy any. I don't feel compelled to; plus, I wouldn't know which kind to get. Pairing with particular foods or rattling off vintage years is too much hassle to enjoy a beverage in my humble opinion, but I'm definitely open to suggestions if the opportunity presents itself. For my consumption purposes, wine is where it stops, though--even in my 'wild' days, the hard liquor never appealed to me. And I can't stand the smell of beer, so there's nothing to worry about there.
At this point, I haven't had anything close to a drink in years but I'll be sure to let you all know if and when I do. ;o) Until then...