OPEN LETTER TO A FRIEND WHO IS STILL DRINKING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Dear alcohol drinking friend,
I write to you today to clear my doubts over the allegation you have leveled against me saying I am judging you because you choose to exercise your liberty in drinking “a little” to “refresh” yourself.
I have labored to explain to you that Christians today don’t need an express command of “do not drink” before they would abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages.
During this process of debating with you and your friends in the same line, one thing quietly stood out clear. You are bent on exercising your liberty.
Perhaps it is your right. Go ahead and enjoy. But know that your liberty is becoming a huge burden to me.
When Achan in Joshua 6 stole from the spoils of Jericho, so many Israel were killed because of his single sin. While at that moment it may not have occurred to him that the sin is beyond his person, but the reality showed it contrary.
I am burdened because we share a common identity.
I am burdened because as priests of a better covenant, God expects more from us.
I am burdened because our smartness is greatly blurred by that single bottle of alcohol in your hands.
You have won the debate. It is great, but sadly, you have lost the war.
The war has been won by the evil one. From a bottle he will call you to take the second one. Then the third. He will assure you that you are ok.
He did that to Noah, he took Lot very simple. It is the best tool in the hands of the devil.
I think my friend it is safer to tell people to abstain from social drinking. Perhaps social drinking has enhanced the acceptability of Christians in society, but it has not advanced the cause of Christ, and it does not glorify God! Social drinking is simply a means which the devil uses to blunt our testimony for Christ and squeeze us into his mold.
Just reason with me a little further. Take time honestly and answer these questions. I don’t need the answers. You have already won the debate. Answer it quietly alone.
Does wine taste good? – yes
Does it make me the drinker happy and excited – yes
Does my drinking of wine/beer glorify God? –
Does my light shine with that bottle of beer in my hand as a Christian?
Does my immediate family feel proud of me with that one bottle in my hands?
What exactly will be the example I am passing to my kids when they see me with a bottle of beer at home?
Does the church grow positively by my drinking lifestyle?
What is the first impression that enters the heart of a waiter when she hear you demand for a beer even when there are soft drinks?
What shall you lose if you completely abstain from drinking alcohol?
I wish you the very best in life.
But be rest assured that we will understand it better by and by.
Have an exciting day and remember the Lord knows every motive of man.
If I were you, I will quit drinking today and quit advocating social drinking.