As Christians, we have much to celebrate in this God-given life. Our Lord commanded in Deuteronomy 14 that we be grateful and rejoice with wine and beer, and he has instituted a meal which includes wine to be taken weekly.
Obviously alcohol is from the Lord. Haters are going to hate. Let them. In celebration of our glorious freedom to be cooler than everyone else while drinking whatever we like, I here publish several verses. Let "whatever your soul desires" be our motto!
Here we go:
Oh, I forgot to tell you. These aren't verses that apply to us. Just 'cause we drink beer? P'shaw. You and I have never acquitted anyone for a bribe; and we've certainly never been wise in our own eyes. We have never been distracted from the deeds of the Lord by our desire to be seen as cool by the world. Also we are not wise in our own eyes; we just have better taste than anyone. Also we understand the freedom of Christ better than anyone. As for being valiant at mixing strong drink, are we going to say it's unlawful to be a mixologist? Be serious. Also, we're not moral relativists. We just prefer not to have awkward conversations. So, that's dealt with: Isaiah 5 is for others.
Me, a brawler? Come on...do I look like I've ever been in a fight? Fighting is so...earnest. Anyone who thinks my Westbrook Gose sour beer with coriander makes me into a brawler is a mindless moron who wouldn't know the aesthetic gorgeousness of good flavor if it smacked their fundamentalist mamas in the mouth. Proverbs 20 is for others.
For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets .
P.S. In my normal voice: are you hiding in your "freedom" from all the people you're supposed to love but don't? Are you friends with Christians who aren't like you? Can worldlings tell you're a Christian? Are you willing to be uncool enough to use a word like "worldling"?
I love alcohol, and so does God. But I have seen many brothers try to mask their slow walk away from God with drink. Here's what I think is an easy litmus test to see if you're doing that: do you like anybody? Do you love like Christ, or are you a jerk? I say this as one who is constantly tempted to not give a fig for anyone. Is your freedom making you self-absorbed, turning you into a slave to yourself? Here's how to find a church: look for a place where you can love others, without thinking of what they owe you.