I’m posting a day early here, because Emily asked!
Drinking is not a sin. The sin is drunkenness.
Drunkenness is the sin because through it, you eliminate self-control. And when you eliminate self-control, a lot of bad things happen.
If you drive drunk, you can kill another person, another human being. Now you’ve created murder. That’s not good.
Think about all the date rape scenarios. College kids drink and the girls get raped. The guys’ hormones are high and they’ve lost self-control. They don’t understand what “No” means and they rape a girl.
There are angry drunks. They beat their wives, they beat their girlfriends, or they beat their kids, all because they can’t contain their anger when they’re drunk. They cause pain.
In these scenarios, you’ve not only sinned, you’ve also committed a crime. That’s going to put you in jail. So nothing good can come from it.
When you’re drunk, you don’t have control over your own thoughts, and you don’t have control over what you say. You don’t even have control over your own tongue! I’ve been around drunk people that literally say whatever’s on their mind. Well, some things aren’t meant to be said. So when you get drunk, you can say something to another human being that can cause a lot of pain.
You can’t do good things without self-control. Name one good thing you can do when you don’t have control over your own body. You’re falling down. You can’t even walk straight! You can’t make clear decisions.
The fear of the Lord is wisdom. It brings wisdom. That’s what it does. So when you represent Christ, you represent wisdom. You represent peace. When you’re drunk, you’re causing chaos. You can’t make peace when you don’t have control over your own body.
When you represent Jesus Christ, you make wise decisions. Drunkenness is a sin because when you’re drunk, you can’t live a right life. You can’t live a righteous life. The Bible says those that hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled. So when you want to live a life that’s right, you have to be sober-minded. You can’t make right decisions when you’re not sober-minded.
Make a decision that’s wise. Don’t drink to drunkenness.
The government, the church, and parents all have to help young people understand these scenarios. I’ll pick that up next time. See you Friday.