But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Drinking is not a sin. The sin is drunkenness.
When you get drunk, you lose self-control. And when you lose self-control, a lot of bad things can happen.
Think about the connection between alcohol and homicide. If you drive drunk, you can kill another person. You can actually take the life of another human being. You become a murderer.
Think about the connection between alcohol and rape. College kids drink and girls get raped. Sometimes boys get raped too. Young men’s hormone levels are very high, and if they are drunk, then they’ve lost self-control. They don’t understand what “No” means. They don’t think clearly enough to get a “Yes.” Young people get raped.
Think about the angry drunks. They beat their wives. They beat their girlfriends. They beat their kids. They commit all that violence because they can’t contain their anger when they’re drunk.
It’s way too easy for a loss of self-control to cause pain. And drunkenness leads to loss of self-control. What’s worse, in these scenarios, we don’t only see sin. These are crimes, and crime means jail time.
Nothing good can come from drunkenness. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. You can’t do good things without self-control, and when you’re drunk, you don’t even control your own body. You’re falling down. You can’t walk straight!
You can’t make clear decisions. Without self-control, you don’t control your thoughts. You don’t control your words. You don’t control your own tongue! I’ve been around drunk people that just blurt out whatever’s on their mind. They have no filters. Some things aren’t meant to be said, so getting drunk sets you up for saying really painful things. You can cause a lot of pain.
The fear of the Lord brings wisdom. That’s what it does. When you represent Christ, you represent wisdom. You represent peace.
But when you’re drunk, you’re causing chaos. You can’t make peace when you can’t control your mind, your thoughts, your words, your tongue, your decisions, or your body. How is this representing Christ? It’s not. It’s causing chaos!
Drunkenness is a sin because when you’re drunk, you can’t live wisely. The Bible says those that hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled. If you want to live a life that is fulfilled and fulfilling, you have to be sober-minded.
Make a decision that’s wise. Don’t drink to drunkenness.
Parents, churches, and governments have to help young people understand this. I’ll pick this up next time.
See you Saturday.