What Would You Do If Your Pastor Had A Beer?
Imagine you unexpectedly showed up at your Pastors house. You discover he’s in the back yard cooking out and drinking a beer. What would you do or say? Would this be unacceptable to you?
We want your opinions.
For the sake of this discussion, let’s assume the pastor, bishop, preacher, etc is not addicted to alcohol, and he/she is not drinking in front of someone that struggles with alcohol. What would your immediate feelings be? Would you think they were wrong? Offending God?
Can a Pastor Drink Alcohol? What Does the Bible Say?
In my 40 years of attending church I have found that, when it comes to alcohol, people hold their pastors to un-biblical standards. Many would literally leave a church if they were to discover that the Pastor drank even a little wine, beer, or any type of alcohol. There’s a problem with that, and here’s why. You won’t find a single verse in OLD or NEW testament that prohibits your pastors from drinking alcohol.
To have an issue with a Preacher (let alone a fellow Christian) responsibly drinking alcohol is the equivalent of being a Pharisee. You’re imposing rules upon someone that God Himself didn’t even impose.
JESUS GAVE WINE A CANA
Jesus himself performed his first miracle by turning water into wine at the wedding of Cana [John 2]. If Jesus Himself gave everyone at the wedding alcohol, well, who are we to say what Jesus calls good, is bad?
I know, some say alcohol was not as strong at that time. Maybe not, but it was most certainly strong enough to get you drunk if you over consumed it. If not, we would not see the dozens and dozens of verses warning us not to get drunk. In fact, a quick review of the Old Testament reveals it was strong enough to get Lot drunk (Gen 19:30-38), it got Noah drunk (Gen 9:20-24), and it got King Davids servant, Uriah, drunk (2 Sam 11:12-13). So, you’re going to be hard pressed to imply that alcohol wasn’t pretty potent, even then.
SOME SAY ‘NO GOOD COMES FROM IT’
There are others that will argue that ‘no good comes from consuming alcohol‘. Sure, some people drink excessively and do bad things. Some are violent, and some even take innocent lives after drinking and driving. But to assume that alcohol is bad – simply because some abuse it – is not justification to rewrite the bible and prohibit and/or condemn others (including your pastor) for consuming it. Let me give you an example to consider:
If you’re married you are likely enjoying sex with your spouse. At least I hope so. So, sex, when done as God intended it, is a wonderful thing. But sex can also be bad. What about other forms of sex like prostitution? Adultery? Rape? Pedophiles? As you can see, sex can be a very bad thing when it’s not as God intended it to be. But I’m betting the same people screaming ‘you can’t drink alcohol’ have no issues with having sex with their spouse? Double standard? I think so.
Religious peer pressure has a lot to say on this issue.
WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT ALCOHOL?
[Psalm 104:14-15] says God gives wine “to gladden the heart of man.”
[Ecclesiastes 9:7] “drink your wine with a merry heart,”
[Isaiah 55:1] “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
[1 Timothy 5:23] No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.
DON’T GET DRUNK!
Yes, getting drunk is a sin (totally forgivable) and we should always avoid it. That’s the command. Are you addicted? Then don’t drink alcohol. Are you a stumbling block? Then don’t drink. But it’s high time we allow people to be free in Christ and not push our own non-biblical views on everyone else……including your Pastor.
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Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.