Why this young Christian doesn’t drink

 

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A few weeks ago I felt led to write this blog. I dismissed it immediately with the thought that I have no right nor credibility to discuss the matter*. I’m no theologian, have no doctorate, and have personally never had alcohol in my existence. God convinced me otherwise. Within the week, I saw numerous posts on my feed of Christian people drinking and God continued speaking to my heart with different Scripture verses and convictions.  I want to share my perspective on the effects of drinking based on God’s Word and from the eyes of a young impressionable Christian.

No matter what I do, when I see or hear of Christian people drinking, my spiritual respect level for that person plummets. I have no judgement or condemnation towards them but I just can’t help that I no longer carry the same regard that I did before. I wondered why, asking God to help me find clarity. I stumbled upon this verse in  2 Timothy 2:20-22:

In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honourable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

God gave humans free will, the power to choose. Because of this, our actions have consequences. As Christians, we must remember that just because we don’t see immediate consequences doesn’t mean they are not there! Everything we say and do creates a ripple effect whether physically or spiritually, seen or unseen. Paul was instructing Timothy to choose purity above all else. Timothy was to narrow and set apart his life for God’s work, choosing purity over loose living. By setting ourselves apart, we are giving God more room to work through us. By choosing a selfish and loose lifestyle, we are letting God know that He is not in control of our life, we are. Paul further emphasizes his stance in Ephesians 5:18-20 (Message):

Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ. 

It’s not the act of drinking or whether or not it’s a “sin” that matters. It’s the WHY. Why is it necessary for you to drink? Isn’t the Spirit of God enough for you? What are you trying to fill? Aren’t we to be filled with the praises of God? Any person can find happiness and stress relief (though only temporary) from alcohol and that is why we have drunks and addicts. You may argue that you have never been “drunk” and you don’t drink for pleasure. So then I ask, why do you drink at all? If it isn’t a stronghold in your life, then can you let it go for Christ’s sake? It’s easy to say something doesn’t control you until you’re asked to let it go. As the verse above states, it is better to drink from the Spirit and sing songs of praise than to be filled with a substance that cheapens the life God gave us, no matter what the substance is! Anything that we cannot give up for Christ is a stronghold, end of the discussion. Listen to this:

 ‘Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’ Acts 26:17b-18

This was taken from Paul’s encounter on the road to Damascus. This is Jesus talking to Paul. He says that we, Gentiles, are set apart BY FAITH in Him. It’s one thing for God to come in and break the chains of addictions and sin to give us a new life, but it’s another thing for us to step out in faith of what Christ did in us and remain pure! It doesn’t take any faith to be like the world, who just so happen to find release in alcohol, life in selfish pursuits, and are plagued by depression and darkness. It DOES take faith to live a life of purity, showing the world the life-giving power that comes solely from God. I have FAITH that Christ lived the most narrow lifestyle, pursuing purity to be set apart for His Father, even to the point of dying for ME. Faith requires action. I walk out my faith by setting myself apart for God alone, living as Christ lived so that the captives might find life in He who lives in me.

*I do want to mention that my dad was an alcoholic in his younger years and it greatly affected his life in a negative way. He hasn’t had a drink in over 30 years! I’m not totally removed from how alcohol can affect a life.

Here is my end perspective on drinking:

I have been made alive in Christ, the sinless man whom I am called to imitate. I am no longer my own for I am called to be a light in the darkness. If by drinking, I cause a stumbling block and dim the light of God in me, then I have no desire nor ambition to ever let it touch my lips. I will put my life on display to show how powerful my God is, giving up anything that tries to diminish the work of God in my life.

13 thoughts on “Why this young Christian doesn’t drink

  1. This has got to be the best I’ve ever seen regarding drinking!! Wow great post, God will bless you abundantly for sharing this. This has been my thoughts for a long while, I’m just glad someone was bold enough to put this out there! I hope that everyone who reads this takes heed. It really does speak though of how we can let anything come between us and God and His will for our lives.

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  2. Hi Bailey,
    This his pastor Sylvain,

    I’ve got to congratulate you on this article, very well balance. Don’t say because your not a theologian that you can not right about this things. Remember this, you are a PK, I know it’s classic to say that, but, you have the DNA of your mom and your dad, the oxygen of heritage that God have giving you through your mom and dad it’s the anointed to teach and preach. Got it. So c’mon woman of God Preach it !!!!!!

    Wine and liqueur in french his call spiritueux which have to do with the spiritual, cuze it open a window in the spiritual world of spirits. With all the chimic that they put in wine now it create easily and addiction. The wine of today or not the same as it was in the time of Jesus who you could taste the grapes instead of alcohol. With the earth that his getting warm, it create and effect on the fermentation of wine which mean that the percentage of alcohol is increasing. Since 15 years it has increase from 11% to 14%.

    I use to drink to float a battleship before I was born again. But even that when I became a christian I still drink wine because I though that because Jesus drink wine and Paul told Timothy to drink wine so I though I could do so. I don’t have to teach on the context of that, but has I go on in life with my new life in Jesus and got married, my wife and I use to still drink wine once and a wild and one day God took it out of us because, it was a distraction to us and when that happen we had more of God. It’s better to have the new wine of God then to have the wine of the world.

    Good Job Bailey 😉
    Blessing
    Pastor Sylvain from QC, Canada

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  3. Girl you nailed this topic not just to the wall but through the wall. If an older person had to say the exact thing you said in this blog we would be accused of being kill joys. So proud of you as young woman who can try anything your desires or follow the crowd of “Christians” who drink but you choose to be Filled with the Spirit. More and Power of Gpd to you.
    Shalom

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  4. If it’s about sin avoidance or proper action, the focus is not Christ, but bettering ourselves, purifying ourselves, making ourselves Holy… When we walk as Christ revealed, there is never a question as how to live because we live according to the Spirit rather than buffeting our flesh, which no longer exists in Christ. We are new creatures.

    Regarding the “stumbling block” argument, I don’t remember Christ himself avoiding turning water into wine for fear of what others might think or that someone might stumble. When it speaks of a stumbling block, it is pointed toward the weak.

    Being Spirit led, we will be able to know when things are appropriate and when they are not. If I went to a restaurant with a friend who recently struggled with alcohol and just got set free, I would never imagine ordering an alcoholic drink. Once that friend is ok with it, and unless the Spirit of God prompts me not to, I may indulge in one drink. If I was ever to the point of no longer being in control, I would avoid it. A drunk person is no longer in control. Every person must learn moderation for themselves.

    SIDE NOTE: I don’t care for the taste of alcohol, which is the reason I don’t care to drink it. I wish I did like the taste of wine, because there are great benefits to drinking a glass a day.

    The problem occurs when we use a bunch of dos and don’ts to live rather than the leading of the Holy Spirit. Christ will speak to the individual, and it may not be the same for every person. He may tell one to avoid alcohol and to another, it won’t be an issue. Moderation for me may not be the same for you.

    I totally agree with you in regards to control. We are never to be under the control of anything! When I feel myself going over to the coffee machine out of habit, rather than listening to the Holy Spirit and my body, something as simple as drinking coffee can have negative effects. Who knows why God may tell me to avoid another coffee? Maybe He knows that I will get a headache, or maybe I won’t be able to sleep that evening. It may seem simplistic, but that is why He is our guide. He wants only good for us. He will teach us our limits and moderation levels.

    In all things, let the Law of the Spirit of Love be our guide. If it doesn’t harm ourselves or someone else, and done if it’s in Love, it is permissible. If it affects no one, then let God speak to you. He will always keep us safe, on the straight path and align our ways. That is having faith. Trusting guidelines is easy and requires little faith.

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    1. I agree that you present a side of the conversation that I did not 🙂 But that’s why I so like how God has made us unique and different and not the same. We all provide our perspective of God and allow ourselves to be challenged and transformed by the other. I can have strong convictions where others may not because God is too big to be known. If we knew all of God, we would BE God!

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  5. I know you’re probably speaking to those who drink for drinking’ sake, and I agree with you there. I don’t abstain from alcohol, neither do I get drunk on it. I have a glass of wine with dinner every once in awhile, because it can enhance the flavour of food and it just plain tastes good (though I wouldn’t have thought so when I was 20… Chalk one up for old age!) Plus it’s better for you than pop. 😉 That said, I wouldn’t knowingly drink in the presence of an alcoholic, nor would I make someone feel awkward for ordering a beer with lunch. It’s not about impressing others or trying to derive false pleasure from something… It’s simply a ritual or a cultural thing for some. I think our American society has villified alcohol to the degree where young people feel it’s a type of rebellion, instead of a cultural gift that is to be respected, thus it creates a polarized concept of fear in some. It’s a sad state of affairs indeed.

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    1. Yes this is very true! For me it’s the simple conviction (as Paul stated once about unclean meat) that if it causes a stumbling block for any than it should be avoided altogether rather than arguing our beliefs on what is and isn’t “evil” per say. I’ve simply decided that God is made bigger by my decision to abstain 🙂 I still work to make these decisions with other things as well…it’s not easy!

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  6. what a wonderful post! I always advice people not to drink at all because it is rare to find people who take alcohol but are not drunkards here in Zimbabwe.

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