>An Open Letter to My Friends Who Drink

>As an alcoholic (dry for over three decades) I hate alcohol perhaps only as an alcoholic can. I would love to see drunk drivers executed on the first offense (and that is not hyperbole). “Drugs and alcohol” is redundant.

I wish with all my heart the Bible condemned drinking. It does not. Jesus did not turn water into freshly-squeezed grape juice. (and those of you who argue the Bible explicitly forbids alcohol, I urge you to again read without your preconceived prejudices)

The Bible does, of course, condemn drunkenness. And I believe one can build a “weaker brother” case for abstaining from drinking.

But I’ll not argue that. I will ask/beg/plead with those who follow Christ who think they have the freedom to drink in moderation would consider the benefits of doing so in private, and not broadcasting to the watching hordes over facebook, blogs, twitter, etc their activity?

The admonition to esteem others more than yourselves comes into play as, again, does the weaker brother argument.

Please consider this prayerfully. For those of you who have not had problems in drink, Proverbs 23 describes perfectly my life before liberation from drugs (to include beverage alcohol)…but even in my pre-salvation days as a thief, drug dealer, and user…alcohol remains the only drug to which I am physically addicted.

Here is the Proverbs 23 passage:

 29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
       Who has strife? Who has complaints?
       Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

 30 Those who linger over wine,
       who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

 31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
       when it sparkles in the cup,
       when it goes down smoothly!

 32 In the end it bites like a snake
       and poisons like a viper.

 33 Your eyes will see strange sights
       and your mind imagine confusing things.

 34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
       lying on top of the rigging.

 35 “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
       They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
       When will I wake up
       so I can find another drink?”

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

2 thoughts on “>An Open Letter to My Friends Who Drink”

  1. >Amen brother. I too am an alcoholic, whose father was an alcoholic, who has now been dry for 30+ years as well. I have watched loved ones cause great pain for themselves and others by indulging in what Satan wants us to believe is a harmless pastime. If you are reading this please, please, ask God to reveal His will for you as you ponder these words which have great wisdom in them.

  2. >thanks for the good word brother. When our liberty in Christ supercedes our deferring to another brother or sister, we have misunderstood what it is to be free.

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