If you are a Christian please take the time to comment and tell me your reasoning (scripturally and non scripturally) for drinking or abstaining from alcohol. Please keep it respectful and in love. Below is my view:
Though I do not judge my brothers in Christ I must say that reading Romans 14 and 15 has convinced me, in light of our culture in America that to drink is not in the loving interest of our brothers. How powerful would it be if America Christians threw down their alcohol (among other needless indulgences) like those in Ephesus who threw down their scrolls and idols for the sake of Christ? Not in response to legalism but in response to the love of Christ on our hearts. We are stuck in our individualism but we are not an individual body part; we are one body.
“Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.” Romans 14:20 NIV
Alcohol can and oftentimes does cause men to slip into addiction. I am a former police officer and know first hand because my father was an alcoholic. Tell me this, what good (spiritually) does alcohol do? I can’t think of any. But does it do harm to our brothers? I think so, very much so. Now, I have good friends who drink and I love them very much. But the heart of Christ is not to relish in what is permissible. It is to be constrained for the impossible.
Romans 15:1 says that “We who are strong have an OBLIGATION to bear with the failings of the weak”.
The American Church is weak, it’s time for the strong men to arise. Not basking in thier individualism but in the love that constrains them.