I don’t know how to have one drink either

Which is the major reason I needed to stop drinking, and with God’s help I did after being born again. Hard enough to pick up one’s cross as it is without attempting to do so in an inebriated state…

The post’s title says “either” because actor Shia LeBeouf told Details Magazine as much, Shia LeBeouf: ‘I Don’t Know How to Have One Drink’

I understand that there are many well-intentioned Christians who assume that God forbids all of His children from consuming alcohol. Scripture does not say this, though drunkenness is strictly forbidden and one can see why.

The decision to drink is a personal one for the Christian. Clearly, if you’re like me and don’t know when to say when, then don’t do it unless you want to open yourself up to all sorts of stumbling blocks and make yourself eternally useless (not to mention the fact that you might make someone else stumble).

Far be it from one such as I to assume that every one of my Christian brothers and sisters has this same struggle, and thus impose prohibition on them. The words of C.S. Lewis are apropos here,

One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up. That is not the Christian way.

An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons–marriage, or meat, or beer, or the cinema; but the moment he starts saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who do use them, he has taken the wrong turning.

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2 Responses to I don’t know how to have one drink either

  1. KW says:

    laz

    i think the fact that we are our brothers keeper, in a way also plays into this. some might use it as a reason not to think ones Christianity is real it he sees you drinking, even one. this is an even greater reason for Christians to choose to abstain that if they do or do not have a problem with how many.

    kw

  2. Laz says:

    I know Christians that believe that anyone who drinks cannot be a true Christian.

    This point of view is legalistic (at worst) or ignorant (at best) and has mistaken personal preferences with what the Bible actually says.

    From what I’ve observed this point of view is driven by suffering at the hands of a loved one who is an alcoholic or simply by sheer ignorance.

    Choosing to abstain on the grounds of Romans 14 (as applied to this issue: to keep a recovering alcoholic brother/sister from going back to the bottle) is a wholly different issue than choosing to abstain in order to continue feeding legalism and/or ignorance.

    Now, purposefully and gleefully rubbing alcohol consumption in the face of a legalistic and/or ignorant brother/sister so as to put gravel in his/her craw is uncharitable, and without question this is condemned in Scripture.

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