The Unspoken Variable In the Death of Rayshard Brooks

The following video was recorded this afternoon as part of our “afternoon devotionals.” It was recorded while I was waiting with my wife and mother for seating at Cracker Barrel in Augusta, GA.

I had just watched the news conference on Fox News (on my phone) while waiting for my mother to receive her chemotherapy treatment. It literally made me both sick and angry, for out of all the praise for their deceased relative, none of the family laid any blame on the fact that Mr. Brooks had been overly intoxicated.

Just like the disgraceful Mayor of Atlanta, Ms. Bottoms, they blamed the police for the “murder” of their loved one. Not once did they consider the role alcohol played in the actions of Mr. Brooks, nor how if he’d been sober this probably wouldn’t have happened.

Folks, let me be clear, I cannot show you definitively from Scripture that drinking alcohol is a sin; it’s not. However, I most certainly can make a strong case for avoiding it! I love the way the New Living Translation interprets these particular words of wisdom from King Solomon:

“Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.” – Proverbs 20:1 NLT

Like I alluded to at the beginning of this post, having a drink, a beer, or whatever every now and then will not send you to hell: it’s not inherently a sin (Romans 14:17-23; 1 Corinthians 10:23-33; Colossians 2:16; 1 Timothy 5:23).

However, the unwise will disregard the warnings and end up meeting their Maker a lot quicker than those who can think and act with a clear head.

Don’t let yourself be controlled by something that makes you do stupid stuff. The consequences can be deadly.

5 Comments

Filed under Alcohol, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Bible Study, current events, Life/Death, wisdom

5 responses to “The Unspoken Variable In the Death of Rayshard Brooks

  1. They should have deescalated. Shooting a drunk twice in the back just isn’t good.

  2. Also, that sermonette from the Cracker Barrel is about the most quintessential Southern thing ever. 🙂 Hope your mom is feeling ok.

  3. When you pass out from drinking in the take out line at Wendy’s, there is a problem. That is clear.

    Blessings.

  4. I am not going to comment on the shooting as I really don’t have the facts yet. Haven’t been watching the news of late. However, take comfort Brother Anthony, we are one day closer to His return.

  5. I think you’re absolutely right. Police aren’t the problem. Sin is the problem.

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