Are You Trippin’?

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Many Christians struggle with the drinking dilemma. It’s acceptable in casual situations. Everything in moderation, there are medicinal benefits to a daily glass of wine. There are reasonable and debatable arguments for and against. Looking in the Bible we have accounts of wine being consumed as often as water. The historical background tells us that their wine was much different than the wine we know of today. Whatever you believe, you can create an appropriate argument to defend it. But let me share this:

Romans 14: 13-15 “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean, then for that person it is unclean. If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died”. V. 21 “It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.

This is a clear example of maybe why we have about 78% of the country claiming to be Christians yet only 10% are “born-again” Christians. Real life example: A mother of two works as a teacher, she volunteers as a Sunday School Teacher on Sundays and takes time to attend all the functions of the church. She is always inviting her fellow teachers to come to church; they know she is a well-respected and godly person. One summer, several teachers attend a continuing educational conference for three days. They spend time away from their hometown and the familiar community. They go out to eat at a nice restaurant and she orders a mixed drink like the others. Everything goes on as normal for the rest of their time. In the minds of her peers, she became just like them. There is no longer any difference in their behavior, philosophy, religion beliefs, and moral ethics. If there is no difference, why should any of her peers want to become a Christian? She caused her peers to NOT want to become a Christian and it will be forever on her shoulders. When judgment comes for all people, God will ask her about that one night when she drank and from that moment on, none of her friends considered going to church. Their fate lies in her hands. We, Christians, have an enormous responsibility to set the example for Christ. Whether we talk about and actively tell people the “Romans Road” or not, our actions tell the whole story of Jesus and what He can do in our lives. If we have doubts about our Christianity and what is “ok” and what isn’t, talk to someone, read the Bible, pray to God before making a decision, but by NO means act like the world while claiming Jesus!

 

 

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