What is OK for a Christian to eat and drink? Is alcohol, for instance evil in every case of consumption, or is it permissible on certain occasions? Did Jesus make fermented wine at the wedding feast, or was it just grape juice? What did Paul mean when he told Timothy to “take a little wine for thy stomach’s sake?”
The issue of drinking and the Christian is a hot topic of debate (at least in some circles). There is no question that alcohol can be abused and what rusults come about because of that abuse. But the question remains, is alcohol inherently evil? Is dirt evil? Is getting dirty a sin? It is if your mother told you not to play in the dirt while wearing your good Sunday clothes. But what if it is a work day and you have to do some yard work? Is getting dirty a sin at that point?
Is the consumption of alcohol always a sin, or are there cultural, religious or dietary exceptions? Most importantly, what does the Bible say?
What about food? The Seventh Day Adventist’s should have a lot of comments on this subject. Is meat neccessary in a society like ours? Is there anything better than a good steak? What does the Bible have to say about it?
Don’t automatically assume what I believe. Don’t assume, either, that by writing this I think every Christian should just gather the kids and neighbors, head down to the lake, pop open a six-pack of Bud, and grill pork chops and steaks. Really, it doesn’t matter what I think, but what God says. If our actions are guided only by the thoughts of others, then we are not living a life of grace, but of legalism. Prudence, wisdom, and spiritual maturity should factor into our actions, not the thought of “who will see me?” Of course a lot more could be said, but what are your thoughts?