I have heard many alcohol drinking Christians- when defending their habit of one glass per meal- arguing that if not used excessively, alcohol is not a problem. Well, I have a different take on that! And I know I may lose few friends because of this post, but here it goes! What does the bible really say about YOUR alcohol?
Lets start with Proverbs 20:1 (NKJV)- Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
a) Wine is a mocker
The one who mocks you treats you with ridicule; and that can cause you distress and pain(Read here about Noah’s distress and pain!). So, when the bible says ‘wine is a mocker’ what that means is it has the potential to cause you distress and pain: anguish, sorrow, fights, complaints, unnecessary bruises, bloodshot eyes.
And the reason is simple- “You spend long hours in taverns…“ It’s not me; it’s your bible- Proverbs 23: 29- 30(NLT)
b) Strong drink is a brawler
A brawler is a person who fights angrily, noisily, disorderly, and unfair fights. If you challenge him in the ring, be assured that you are about to lose an ear, some teeth and a lot of blood because he fights dirty. So, when the bible says ‘strong drink is a brawler’, what that means is if you are one-on-one with any strong drink, expect to lose because just like any brawler, strong drinks attack at the person’s weakest moment.
Five stages you’ll go through in your challenge with alcohol (as a brawler)
– Taught by Proverbs 23: 31-35(NLT)
1. The Luring Stage
Every brawler I know starts by luring his opponent and making him think he’s in control so that he neglects giving sufficient attention to block the attacks.
Alcohol does the same too. Some people are lured in thinking they:
- Drink just for fun
- Drink for the taste
- Drink for the “status“
- Drink for the “happy” feeling it gives
- Drink because “it’s good for the heart.”
- Drink because it goes well with a meal.
- Drink because “Jesus turned water into wine”
- Drink because no scripture says drinking is a sin.
And what they don’t know is the next stage is not very far anymore!
2. The Stinging Stage
In the midst of his opponent’s complacency…BAM! A brawler releases the powerful blow!
And alcohol; just like any brawler; does the same as well. It allows you to lax a bit; and then…BAM! It stings where it hurts the most! Lets be honest, no one starts out intending to become an alcoholic, but many people get caught in the snare of alcohol, and in the end gets stung with the poison of alcoholism!
3. The Staggering Stage
4. The Denial Stage
Verse 35(a)- And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it. I didn’t even know it when they beat me up.
5. The Finishing Stage
Verse 35(b)- When will I wake up so I can look for another drink?”
Once an opponent refuses to accept that the blow of a brawler got him, the next time he comes back to his senses will be when he is helped from the ground, and he hears the referee counting…one- two- three- gone! That is the finishing stage…
Now; again; I have never met anyone experimenting with alcohol for the first time, and having at the back of his head an intention to develop an addiction; but many people end up being bound by it because the word “addiction” is derived from a Latin “enslaved by” or “bound to.” So alcohol- like any drug- will not ask for your permission before it binds you. It just goes ahead without you even suspecting it might! And that my friend; we call alcoholism- The finishing stage!
Whenever a person comes to the point where he cant wait to wake up and start looking for another drink, he is bound! Alcoholism is a disease where addiction hijacks the brain!
And before we get to the last part of Proverbs 20:1(NKJV)- …and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Here is the important Lesson learned from this post:
No one- when starting to experiment with alcohol- plans to become an alcoholic; until an addiction hijacks his brain!
- Rather don’t start to avoid becoming a casualty!
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