Moderation and balance are Biblical principles to be applied in many areas of our lives. In this passage we see some strong warnings against alcohol but we know there is not a total ban, just strong warnings. We see another passage in Proverbs 31:4-7 that also addresses the issue. I wish there was a total ban like there is on theft and false witness, but such is not the case.
In doing this the Bible takes the difficult path of holiness. Holiness involves a conscious engagement of the mind and reason. In spite of the popular myth perpetuated by God haters, being a Christian is not being a mindless automatons, with a favorite word, “No”. Notice the key word,
(Matthew 22:37 KJV) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.Love of God involves the mind. In that area we are to be all out and fanatics.
So? Don’t hide behind legalism. In my middle school classroom I often hide behind, “Because I said so” but that won’t work well in the adult world.