So whether drinking alcohol is okay or not is pretty much a taboo subject in many Baptist churches. Even in “forward thinking” Baptist churches like the one we go to you still have to be careful. And not just Baptist churches but just the “Christian community” in general. You’re careful who you mention it around and you always feel the need to preface the discussion with “hypothetically speaking…if we drink…blah, blah, blah.” You know what I mean, right? And here’s the thing. I just don’t get it. I don’t get why it’s such a big deal.
I didn’t grow up in a home where alcohol was abused or even used for that matter. Maybe if I had I would have a much more negative opinion on alcohol. I haven’t personally witnessed lives and families destroyed by it so there again, I might feel differently if I had. But lets say you’ve got a man who never drinks alcohol but is somewhat of a rotten individual in many other (worse) ways, abuses his family, lies, does indecent things to kids. Does the fact that he doesn’t drink make him a good guy? No, it doesn’t. So if we flip that around and take a humble, joyful family man who loves Jesus and helps others but occasionally likes to have a few beers…does that last little bit make him a bad guy? No, it doesn’t.
I understand that alcohol can be abused. I understand that some people have a very difficult time knowing when to quit. I get that. But not everyone who drinks on occasion is an alcoholic. And not everyone who drink cheats on their spouse or drives drunk. I think that is a stigma that we really need to let go of. It’s false.
And you know what? I occasionally drink alcohol. What did she say?!? Yes, I do on occasion. And I really don’t feel that’s anything to be ashamed of. I don’t drink in front of my kids and I probably won’t until I feel they’re old enough to understand the responsibility that needs to go along with it. I usually don’t drink in public because I don’t want to “ruin my witness” whatever in the world that means. But I’m kind of tired of that too. I think if I want to have a margarita at El Toro during busy dinner hours, I should be able to do that without feeling guilty or scared of who’s going to see me. I like to think of myself as a fairly transparent person so why would I hide something that I honestly don’t see anything wrong with?
So anyway, I hope I haven’t offended anyone or embarrassed my family. I just don’t like the silly games we play with each other. Let’s just be real with each other and let the chips fall where they may. I like frozen margaritas. There. I said it. Oh yeah and bloody mary’s…I like those too.