I don’t know how to have one drink either
July 29, 2008 2 Comments
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.