Alcohol: what’s the harm?

1 Corinthians 6:10 says:

“Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Both the Bible and Christian tradition taught that alcohol is a gift from God that makes life more joyous, but that over-indulgence leading to drunkenness is sinful. I guess it’s all about moderation, right? Many who came to our meetings had different views from one another. Alcohol can be a challenging topic to speak about, but is about for us to discuss especially within the church so we have better clarity of it.


As well as delving into this discussion, we also split into groups discussing the following scenarios:


Scenario 1

Mary gave up drinking after bad experiences of it at uni and is going on holiday with 3 of her best friends who all drink. She starts to get more paranoid about this and is thinking of not going on the holiday anymore. What advice would you give her?


Scenario 2

Joseph knows that every time he drinks, he becomes very loud and aggressive. His boss has just offered him a job promotion and takes him to a bar with other colleagues where he buys him and a strong drink and gives it to him in front of everyone – what does Joseph do?


Scenario 3:

Christina drinks occasionally and her husband John doesn’t. They are both Christian. At their wedding, alcoholic drinks are supplied for Christina’s side of the family. John’s family doesn’t like this and look down on Christina and her family as “Christians shouldn’t drink” – how should the situation be dealt with to cause less drama at the wedding?


What advice would you give each person in the scenarios? Feel free to comment below!

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3 thoughts on “Alcohol: what’s the harm?”

  1. Hey sis great topic. The first point I would like to make in response to this post is that nowhere in the Bible does it say that drinking is a sin. Rather like 1 Corinthians 6:10 says its drunkenness thats sin not the act of drinking.

    But like you said in the post, it is definitely all about moderation when it comes to what we eat and drink. But most importantly I think in aid of good Christian living it’s vital that we also live according to the leading of the Holy Spirit and our personal convictions! This brings me to my advice for Mary’s scenario.

    It sounds like she has personally been convicted about not drinking at all after her bad experiences at uni. It’s a very socially awkward situation to be in but it doesn’t mean that when she gets to her holiday destination she should abandon her convictions. I think she should either tell her friends how she feels about the whole thing or ensure that she is spiritually strong enough to go on that holiday and not stumble. I say this on the premise of what James 4:17(KJV) says;
    “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
    Here is the same verse from the English Standard Version;
    “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
    ‭Therefore, in Mary’s case the right thing she knows to do based on her personal conviction is to abstain from drinking at all. If that means she has to cancel her holiday plans with her friends then so be it. There’s no point paying to go on holiday and missing out on most of the social activities because your friends will be drinking and you can’t. So she might as well stay back, because at the end of the day Christ should come first!

    For the second scenario, it’s really simple. Joseph knows what he’s like when he drinks and should consider how that may affect the new promotion he just got. Just because someone buys you a drink doesn’t mean you have to drink it. It’s another socially awkward situation to be in but I think Joseph should politely tell his boss that he doesn’t drink but still thank him for buying him one as a celebratory gesture. The boss may not like it but he’ll respect it. If his boss goes on to then ask him why? Then he can explain to him that drinking makes him ‘loud and aggressive’. With that said I don’t think his boss will push him any further. One of the other colleagues can just have Joseph’s drink- problem solved. People should not feel pressured into doing things that they don’t want to and this is a classic scenario where peer pressure comes into play.

    The third scenario is a bit more sensitive because people’s families are involved. I think the issue of drinks at their wedding reception is a conversation that Christina and her husband to be should have had way before the wedding day! This way they’ll avoid all the drama on their day. However, if that conversation didn’t happen then it’s up to the groom to maybe explain the situation to his side of the family. By rightly informing them that there is nothing wrong with drinking and it’s drunkenness that the Bible condemns and calls sin not drinking. Overall I think both of them need to be considerate with their wedding plans right from the start like the Bible says, “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭8:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬). You may never know if some of john’s family members are recovering alcoholics and that’s part of the reason why they frown upon drinking. So if this is a known knowledge then the considerate thing to do is not have any alcoholic drinks at the reception. Even though drinking is not a sin, I’m sure Christina’s family can survive one night without alcoholic drinks. Just in case there are some “weak” people amongst John’s family members. At the end of the day someone is going to have to compromise on this aspect of the wedding plan, so it should be something discussed thoroughly way before the wedding day to avoid all this drama.

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