Monday, 11 July 2011

Drinking - Solution or Problem?

Recently, at around 10pm, my family went out to shop at our local supermarket. On our way back, our footpath was blocked by a group of drunk teenagers. We carefully walked past them as they hurled a wide range of foul words and insults at us. I was not angered, in fact, I was saddened! They behaved this way due to their drunkenness; they were being spoiled and pulled further into the things of the world, further away from God.

Our society presents drinking as a normality, it presents it as being alluring, social and just 'cool'. The Bible has a lot to say about this...

Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

1Corinthians 6:10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Proverbs 23:20-21 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

Hosea 4:11 to old wine and new, which take away the understanding

Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

God's word says it all! Drinking not only brings physical detriment with problems such as cancer, strokes, heart diseases, thread veins/brittle nails, diabetes, sexual health problems, pancreatitis, mental and memory problems.etc. It also brings with itself an emotional and spiritual detriment. 

If we look back to the list of verses above, we can see that drunkards can not inherit the kingdom of God. Drunkardness robs the ability of our brain to function rationally. Although many 'enjoy' this state as they feel that it gives them an escape from the stress and pressures of reality, they forget that they loose control over their mind and body. With your self-control lost, you are vulnerable to a variety of sins, this can lead to so many dangerous complications in life, some of which can be permanent and will be regretted. Especially during this economic crisis, many turn to alcohol for comfort. However, it is not a very wise thing to do, its just a waste of money that would've been spent usefully elsewhere. Drinking to run away from economic struggles just puts you into a deeper pit! Many families who share their economic struggles talk about money being wasted lavishly on alcohol just to soothe the addiction or the longing for peace. 
(Here is a link to a thought provoking article by Ray Comfort: How to Drink a House)
Its not the solution, in fact, it is the problem! Drunkenness, in most cases, is the root cause of violence, not only public but also domestic! Instead of seeking alcohol for a relief from stress, let us seek God! God has a lot of peace to give, He wants us to 'cast our burdens onto' Him.

Some may not 'enjoy' this state, but pretend to relish just to appear social; they give into peer pressure. I am blessed and grateful to have friends(even if they may not share my views on this topic) who would never force me to, in fact, they would prevent me at all costs from falling into things such as this. However, some people get pressured to conform to the expectations of those around them, just to 'fit-in' or look 'cool'. They yearn for a sense of belonging and they take drastic measures to obtain it. The Bible, clearly asks us to 'not conform to the pattern of this world' because our world is adulterated with sin. Instead take Jesus, don't try, instead strive to live like He did. It is good to be different and unique, all of us are special in God's eyes! In addition, if you need to change yourself to be someone's friend,  they really aren't your friend; a friend accepts you for who you are individually. Like Elizabeth George says, 'It is better to have no friends than have the wrong friends.'

Alcoholism isn't the only problem in our present society; materialism, drugs, immoral relationships .etc dominate the lives of many people. They all need God to untangle the knots in their lives; we all need God! Fervent prayer filled with helplessness and trust in Him is the only way out! Jesus is the only solution!

In conclusion, there is a lot I could say about this, however, His word has already given us all we need(in fact, a lot more). Let us encourage one another to not give into the pull of the world and remain steadfast in Him. Let us pray for and support one another to give up these harmful practices and look to the one, true, living God for guidance and support. Let us also pray for wisdom to understand and encourage those who are trapped in this to realize the complications, dangers and the REAL solution. Trust me, with His intervention, even the most passionate binge drinker can change in an instant. Please watch the video through the link below, this is a real life story of an alcoholic and drug addict who was truly touched and transformed by God...

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