Legalism: An Equal Opportunity Employer

Let me preface this by saying that many of my fellow Christian countrymen have no idea what an “evangelical” is or are aware that they fall under this umbrella, but I must use the term for simplicity’s sake.

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No booze for you!

For some reasons, it has become endemic for Mexican evangelicals to refuse booze with the battle of cry “Soy Cristiano” [“I’m a Christian”], a proclamation that is received with jeers questioning the sexual orientation of the teetotaler. The implication of the “battle cry” is that one of the marks of the Christian is teetotalism. Of course, that’s not the case. CS Lewis correctly, though not politically, remarks that:

Mohammedanism, not Christianity, is the teetotal religion.

Now, there are Christians who do abstain from alcohol and we have our reasons for it. However to go around telling others to do the same would be legalism. It is equally egregious to make teetotalism a mark of a Christian. Again I must use Lewis’ words 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.

The following story brought all this to mind: “Veiled Muslim woman says Texas shopkeeper turned her away”, why?

Because of the words of the rejected woman: “We’re Muslim; this is the way we dress…”

So does it mean that a Muslim woman who doesn’t cover her face is unchaste? Much like the assertion of certain legalistic Christians that anyone who lets alcohol touch their lips is committing a grave sin?

Legalism is an equal opportunity employer.

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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.

Slumbering Drunk Driver Bowls Car into Cyclists…

and someone took a pic,
AP

See the story below for the details,
Pictured: Shocking moment drunk driver ploughs into group of cyclists

Absolut Indulges Mexicans’ Fantasy

In the following ad, Swedish vodka maker, Absolut, has indulged the fantasy of Mexicans the world over:

It should come as no surprise that the ad only ran in my native México. Click here to read more about the ad.  Forget the faux Mexican nationalism on the part of the Swedes, the most offensive part of this ‘map’ is that the U.S. resembles the state of Oklahoma.

This very week at work, someone asked me what México would have done with the riches subsequently found in Texas and California, oil and gold respectively. I replied, “The same thing PEMEX has done with the oil they’ve pumped out of the Gulf.”

By that I meant line their own pockets as well as those of the corrupt political culture endemic in my country without really helping matters for the average person.

Had to concede though, that honestly, who knows since México was never given the chance to do just that.

I do wonder if the Swedes realize that if their ad had become reality, they, along with most of the world, would be speaking either German or Japanese.  Probably not…