If you’re in the SBC, you don’t have the luxury of deciding.
This is old news by about two weeks, but the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution on “Alcohol Use in America”, effectively opposing anything related to alcohol “use”–manufacture, advertising, distribution or consumption. The topic has made great blog fodder, but 1) I haven’t read anything about it from the Blogging Chicks I’ve visited and 2) as a (very happy) member of a SBC church, I haven’t heard a word about it from members or leaders in our church. Nothing…notta.
The legalism of the resolution is what bothers me, I guess. It sooo reminds me of Derek Webb’s “A New Law” from his Mockingbird cd:
To transfer the essence of the resolution to other sins, for gluttony this would not mean dieting or restraint in eating, it would mean a permanent fast; for the sexually immoral, this would not mean restricting activity to your spouse, it would mean abstinence; for those prone to gossip, it would mean a vow of silence, not thinking before you speak and not repeating, well, gossip.
I think a few word changes would have made the resolution in keeping with scripture; as it stands, it seems contradictory. This is a comprehensive listing of references to alcohol found in the Bible. This is a pretty thorough analysis of them. I picked up the links from reader comments found SOMEWHERE…I read so many, I lost track.
Great conversation about the subject, and if you take time to click the links, don’t stop at the blogs–read the comments. As for me, I think I’d like to hang with Jesus at the dinner table. Locusts and honey don’t hold a candle to a fine pinot noir ;).
Cheers! (she says with a room temperature bottle of Aquafina in hand 😉