Consuming Alcohol: Consistent with Christianity

I recall a conversation I had with a lady and there was a particular comment that really threw me for a loop. She said, “I do not drink alcohol because I am Christian”. I thought to myself, “since when does it NOT make you a Christian because you consume alcohol ?”. There are unfortunately various Christian sects that hold this view. Now scripture does speak against debauchery in Ephesians 5:18. Certainly, if consuming alcohol causes to you to sin in anyway, you should abstain from it. However to insist that abstinence from alcohol for all situations is a Christian practice, that’s just not rooted in scripture or history.

First of all, does everyone recall Jesus’ first miracle at the Wedding of Cana in John 2:2-10 ? Jesus transformed water into wine. Saint Paul advises Timothy to consume a little wine as an ailment for his stomach in 1 Timothy 5:23. Of course the greatest miracle of all would be at the Last Supper with the apostles where the body and blood were consumed. Sorry, there was no grape juice there. In fact, it was a New Passover meal of sorts dictated in the Lucan gospel. Passover meals consumed four cups of wine. The fourth cup was not consumed here, but that’s a topic for another day. People’s resistance to wine is most likely a practice picked up from some strand of Protestantism. However, we know when you step away from sacred tradition and sacred scripture, you start to believe things that just aren’t so.

Dominus vobiscum

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