An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Friday, May 31, 2019

No, Thanks

(Proverbs 31:4 KJV)  It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

As I read this verse I am reminded that President Trump does not drink alcoholic beverages.  I don’t think that is any proof-text that he is God’s man of the hour, but it is interesting considering how much certain people hate him.  I would be willing to bet that everyone who hates him is comfortable having a glass of “wine” (3196).  I would venture a guess that most of them use things much stronger and more illegal.

Have you ever been mocked because you don’t drink?  I have.  I will admit that most of the time it is good natured ribbing but there was also a deeper discomfort.  The discomfort was not in me.  I am comfortable not drinking and it does not bother me when they hoist a few.  The tension is in them.  That tension is present any time you take a stand that makes you stand out from the crowd.  It is even worse when the stand is clearly Biblical morality and not just alcohol which is a bit more nuanced.

So?  I think you would be better off as a teetotaler but won’t condemn you to hell if you aren’t.  It is one of those things that has never been a problem for me and I am grateful for that.  I just wish I didn’t have a problem with gluttony. 


Gorges Smythe said...

I have nothing against tee-totalers, I'm one myself these days. I DO get disgusted when some folks make a "Christian" issue of it when Jesus Himself drank wine.

Pumice said...

Of course you have to deal with those people who think Jesus drank Welch's while he read the KJV.

Grace and peace