I’m a man who likes a little tittle every now and then. In fact I like to guzzle down a few beers and skull a few shots on a regular basis. I sometimes even head to my local public bar to enjoy a round or two, but often I will be approached by people, particularly members of my congregation and they will ask me, “Pastor Jake, why are you here? Why are you drinking that glass of Bourbon on the rocks? You’re a church pastor. You’re a Christian! Don’t you know that it’s sinful to drink alcohol? That God will be angry and his horrible wrath will rain down upon you?”
I just feel the righteous anger of the lord Jesus enter me when such people ask me questions like that. I feel the lord firing me up inside and I just have to allow the holy spirit to explode forth and when I’m talking about the holy spirit I’m not talking about anything that’s is consumed from a glass. I am talking about the holy power of God within all true Christians such as myself!
“Have you not read your bible properly?” I ask them. “Do you not know what God’s word says?”
Oh my brothers and sisters, you foolish Christians who do not read your bible properly. You like many, simply accept what you are told from the pulpit by false teachers and are too lazy to check out the facts for yourselves. Do you not know that alcohol is a gift from God, something to help those who are hurting drown their sorrows? My brothers and sisters, just pick up your bible and read Proverbs 31:6-7…
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
That’s right. God has given us alcohol so that we CAN drown our sorrows. So that we CAN numb the pain and forget our troubles. HALLELUJAH!
God even COMMANDS us to drink in Ecclesiastes 9:7
Go, eat your food with rejoicing and drink your wine with a good heart, because already the true God has found pleasure in your works.
If we are not drinking wine, we are disobeying God’s commands! Can you not see it, my brothers and sisters? Even Jesus himself set the example by drinking wine at Passover and the last supper. He told us to take that wine and drink of it as if it were his blood. And to eat the bread as if it was his flesh. Oh, isn’t make believe cannibalism wonderful my brothers and sisters? But it’s even more wonderful when you have something a little upmarket to drink with it. Like a nice Chianti!
Oh, I’ve heard the silly arguments that the wine that Jesus drank was not alcoholic. That it was nothing but grape juice. But how ludicrous is that? Can you really imagine Jesus turning water into grape juice? Don’t you think he would have been laughed out of the wedding feast if he’d done that?
And think to the day of Pentecost my brothers and sisters. When the disciples spoke in tongues and people accused them of being drunk on WINE. What did they say? Did they say “Oh no, we don’t drink because we’re Christians.” No, they said “It’s too early in the day for drinking”. What does that tell you? Yes, my brothers and sisters, the disciples themselves drank ALCOHOL! Just not too early in the day!
So next time one of the brethren tell you that Christians should not drink alcohol, point them to Psalms 104:14-15
He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart
Brothers and sisters, grape juice does not gladden the hearts of men. Nor does it ease your pains or help you forget. Only a good glass of something stiff can do that. Something that God intended for exactly that purpose! Praise him for it, just as King David did in his Psalm.
Drink, my brothers and sisters. Drink and be merry, because the bible says so! HALLELUUUUUJAH!!!