I’ve noticed a disturbing trend among Christians. They seem to laud drinking and alcohol. I have no problem with the responsible consumption of alcohol–really. However, I choose not to drink because alcoholism is a problem that has hit both sides of my family so I’d rather not indulge. Plus, alcohol can interfere with my medicine..and dying for a Bud Light isn’t my idea of fun. But perhaps the biggest reason I don’t drink is this–I think alcohol tastes gross. I mean, down a bottle of cough medicine or mouth wash or Jack Daniel’s, to me, it all tastes the same.
I understand that many people do enjoy drinking a beer with friends or getting a margarita with a meal. Again, I have no problem with this. The thing I find odd is that a lot of Christian seems to be so proud about their drinking habits. Like, “Hey, I threw one back with the boys after the Elders Meeting…” This seems to be especially true with men, who I’ve found want to “out drink” each other. Or they drink just one more to fit in with their pals. As long as you don’t get drunk or tipsy, fine, do what you will. But do you need to Twitter, blog, brag about your drinking habits?
During the day, I drink a lot of beverages. I usually start my day with Diet Coke (because I don’t like coffee), gradually add in some tea of an icy nature, and end the day with a nice cool glass of…water. However, until this moment, I haven’t really shared that information with the whole world. Guess what? I go out with my gal pals and drink Diet Coke! Sometimes I get really wild and put a lemon in it! OK, admittedly, I did have a strawberry milkshake (small) the other day…but I didn’t announce that either. Although maybe I should’ve because it was really good.
People have to be 21 to drink, right? Because there’s a certain maturity and responsibility associated with using alcohol. I’m thinking if you’re bragging about drinking and how often you do it, then you probably aren’t mature or responsible enough to be drinking–no matter how old you are.