There has been a lot of debate recently concerning the topic of alcohol, especially the change of the law regarding the selling of it on Sunday in restaurants. I do not see a difference between serving it on Sunday verses on Monday, Tuesday etc.
However, I personally would prefer it not sold any day. I have my reasons; some personal and others biblical.
Personally, I have seen the tragedies that have occurred as a result of it and have dealt with its victims. I know that the majority of serious traffic accidents are alcohol related. I read that a majority of domestic situations are also alcohol related. So many of our crimes that are committed in this country are alcohol related. Underage drinking has become an epidemic in this country and so many times the habit is picked up from parental influence and wrong example.
From a Biblical perspective, there is no argument concerning the sin of drunkenness. The Bible is very clear that to get drunk is a sin. Ephesians 5:18 tells us plainly, "Do not get drunk," and it even goes as far as to say in 1 Corinthians 6:10 that people who get drunk will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Some might say that they don’t get drunk but just like to drink. Well I will admit that the scriptures don’t have a command that says, "Thou shall not take a drink," and I am not ready to say that everyone who takes a drink is committing a sin. However, I think the Bible would at least allude to the fact that it is the best policy and practice to not drink. Proverbs 21:17 gives us the idea that drinking can lead to poverty. Habakkuk 2:5 tells us that alcohol is a betrayer not living up to it’s promises of happiness rather it’s results lead to sorrow, sadness and tragedy. Isaiah 5:11 gives a strong warning to those who drink on a regular basis. Hosea 4:11 says that alcohol can take away our understanding. The Apostle Paul said that he would not let anything master him. When you think about all of the things that control people’s lives in our day, alcohol has to be somewhere at the top of the list.
What it all comes down to is this, everyone of us is going to have to stand before God and give an account of how we lived and we will all be judged accordingly. I will not be responsible for your actions and you won’t be responsible for mine. The scripture tells us to plan out our own salvation with fear and trembling but as we plan it we had better get it right. Hopefully making a commitment to follow Christ is part of it and hopefully being obedient to his word which includes our response to alcohol will be part of it. May God’s Spirit direct us to do the right thing and to live the right way.