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:
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?
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?
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!