Rational for Alcohol-free Christianity

Perhaps you are wondering if alcohol can be compatible with the Christian life.  Do you want a rational for a Christian life that does not indulge in alcohol? 

The first thing to do is to recognize who you are in Christ.

Exodus19:6 records God telling Moses what to say the people, “And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.”  The Lord calls us a holy nation.  When we live in obedience to His leading we are a kingdom of priests.

I Peter 2:9 amplifies this idea while still using the same phrase “holy nation”.  Peter tells the early Christian believers, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”  In this passage, we are identified as a royal priesthood.

In Christ we are priests and royalty.  According to God’s estimation of us, these roles define us as followers of God.  Taking now these two roles – as priests and as royalty, what does God’s word say about alcohol?

Proverbs was written by Solomon, the wise king.  He has something to say about the role of alcohol in the life of a royal.  Listen to Proverbs 31:4, “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink.”  Those are clear words of instruction that alcohol is not for royals.

Ezekiel 44:21 is explaining the proper conduct of priests.  “Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.”  Someone might just think this means when the priest is on duty, and use that as an excuse for drinking alcohol as a Christian.  The inner court is the area where sacrifices were made.  It is the place where the human met with the Divine. 

We are repeatedly invited to come and meet with God in a personal and intimate way.  This theme is expressed throughout scripture with such texts as:  Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me…”, Hebrews 4:16  “…come boldly unto the throne of grace…”,  John 7:37 “…If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”, and Revelation 3:20  “Behold, I (Jesus) stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup (eat) with him, and he with me.”

We are invited to connect with God, to hear His voice, to communicate with Him.  If we are using alcohol, we are unable to function with clarity.  We will be impaired in our ability to make right decisions.  Alcohol in the Christian life limits our effectiveness both in knowing that we are truly Children of God, and thus royalty, but also in our role as priests- ministering in service to the community around us. 

Don’t get caught in the idea that alcohol in moderation, without drunkenness, is compatible with Christian living.  Just say no!  Tell yourself the truth: “I am a part of the royal family of God, and have the precious job of ministering to the needs of those nearest to me.”  Do not allow Satan to distract you away from your God-given mission, not with alcohol, or anything else.

 

Other verses for further study:   Revelation 5: 9-10, I Corinthians 6: 19-20, I Corinthians 10:13, 2 Corinthians 3:5, John 15:5, I Corinthians 10:31, 2 Corinthians 6:16-18, 2 Corinthians 5:15, and 2 Corinthians 9:8.

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