Raising the Bar: 50 Faithful Reasons to Forego Alcohol

As an individual of faith and a minister, my journey with alcohol has shaped my perspective on life and spirituality. My experience as a recovering alcoholic doesn’t only make me invested but also provides me with a well-versed understanding of this subject.

In my journey, I’ve observed how alcohol can lead to some of life’s most regrettable moments, not just in my life, but also in the lives of others I’ve ministered. It’s hard to convince me that partaking in alcohol aligns with God’s best intentions for His followers.

Today’s society often portrays drinking as “trendy,” even among believers. You might notice young Christians proudly posting pictures of their favorite drinks on social media, or mid-aged women casually chatting about their preferred Pinot Grigio. Some churches even resort to using catchy, alcohol-related phrases to attract congregants. Even pastors aren’t immune to the allure of alcohol. But count me out.

When I embraced Christianity 34 years ago, I instinctively distanced myself from alcohol. No one suggested it, but I knew that continuing to drink would be counterproductive to my new relationship with Christ. To me, the decision was straightforward.

In this post, I’m not trying to provide a theological dissertation on Christianity and alcohol, but rather, I want to share an earnest appeal. I invite you to set aside any defensive reasoning to preserve your right to drink and, instead, contemplate the following points in a spirit of prayer.

These are my 50 personal reasons for choosing not to drink:

  1. Maintaining a sober mind necessitates actual sobriety.
  2. Alcohol’s mission? Destruction.
  3. Alcohol is a depressant. Anything depressing should be avoided.
  4. I wouldn’t want my actions to lead another astray. My choice to drink could have disastrous effects on others.
  5. Alcohol impairs my judgment.
  6. Alcohol leaves me worse off, not better.
  7. My children are likely to overdo what I do in moderation.
  8. Even those outside the faith recognize the contradiction of holding a Bible in one hand and a beer in the other.
  9. Observing me drink doesn’t draw others closer to God, but rather, pushes them further away.
  10. Drinking doesn’t draw me closer to God, but rather, distances me.
  11. I want to remain alert and ready for Christ’s return, not sluggish or impaired.
  12. Try to find a family for whom alcohol has been a blessing. You won’t.
  13. No one has ever said, “That drink made me feel so Christ-like!”
  14. I seek to avoid all appearances of evil.
  15. Alcohol makes it challenging for me to exercise self-control.
  16. Alcohol erodes my restraint.
  17. Alcohol is a legally accepted mind-altering drug.
  18. Alcohol can be addictive.
  19. Alcohol dulls the pain and sorrow that only Jesus can heal.
  20. Many regrets are associated with alcohol.
  21. No one ever said, “I wish I had taken a drink before things got out of control.”
  22. Alcohol can make me act out of character.
  23. Alcohol kills brain cells.
  24. Alcohol offers a false peace, a counterfeit of the genuine peace Jesus provides.
  25. The Bible clearly states that drunkards won’t enter the kingdom of God. Even one drink can lead to drunkenness. Why take the risk?
  26. Alcohol is a waste – of money, talent, and destiny.
  27. Alcohol can lead to negative behavior and is a factor in half of violent crimes.
  28. Alcohol can derail you from the victorious life that Christ intended for you.
  29. Wisdom, which we’re called to pursue above all, is compromised by alcohol.
  30. Alcohol has wrecked countless marriages.
  31. The only influence I want to be under is that of God.
  32. The Bible tells me to stay alert. Alcohol does the opposite.
  33. If I never start drinking, I won’t have to stop.
  34. Alcohol can greatly damage my testimony.
  35. Don’t want your teenagers to drink? The same reasons apply to you.
  36. God is holy; alcohol is not.
  37. Alcohol and prayer don’t mix.
  38. Alcohol and Bible study don’t mix.
  39. Alcohol weakens my resistance to temptation.
  40. Alcohol is synonymous with brokenness.
  41. When the world sees us drinking, it sends the wrong message that Christ isn’t enough.
  42. Justifying moderate drinking? That’s like justifying moderate lying or moderate adultery.
  43. Christians are called to live a life completely surrendered to and separated from the world.
  44. Alcohol can make me forget important things, like my faith, my commitments.
  45. “I don’t get drunk, I just have a drink or two.” If it didn’t affect you, you’d drink soda.
  46. My joy should come from Jesus Christ, not a bottle.
  47. Alcohol fills my mind with impure thoughts.
  48. If it could hinder my faith or love walk or dishonor Jesus, I need to forsake it.
  49. Alcohol doesn’t aid my spiritual race – it hinders it.
  50. For every argument that tries to justify Christian drinking, there are at least 50 other reasons not to.

Remember, God wants our best, and drinking just doesn’t align with that vision.

Sources

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