Stop! Hammered Time

Sometimes, I feel like Christians should get drunk more. Remember those verses in the Bible where God told people to get wasted? They slip up on you, but they’re in there. Most of the time, we think of ones like this…

Proverbs 23:29
Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
 Who has strife? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause?
  Who has redness of eyes?
Those who tarry long over wine…

There’s no denying it. Scripture shows us that alcohol abuse is not only sinful, it’s foolish. But there are two places where God actually commands a kind of drunkenness.

  1. With The Holy Spirit
    Ephesians 5:18
    Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.
  2. With Your Spouse
    Proverbs 5:19
    Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight. Be intoxicated always in her love.

Don’t ever believe that the Bible is a buzzkill. In case you didn’t catch the context of that second passage, the entire chapter is about sex. How should you remain faithful to your spouse? Have a lot of fun in the bedroom…which is a much more “PG” version of what the actual verse says to do.

Alcohol is a cheap substitute for the Holy Spirit. One incapacitates where the Other empowers. And adultery is a cheap substitute for covenantal love. One destroys where the other protects. God commands us to never settle for less.

So,  yeah, I feel like some Christians should get drunk more.

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