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Jarrod Jacobs: Is The Following A Wise Decision?

            What if someone were to say, “The wise and good thing to do today is to start drinking alcohol.” Would you defend this statement? Would you say that this is something that ought to be encouraged? How about teaching our children to drink alcohol? If “other people” do it, would it be OK then?

             Until someone is willing to defend the statement that says, “The wise and good thing to do today is to start drinking alcohol,” there is nothing else to say. Arguing on “technicalities,” what is legal in a country, what certain cultures do or do not do is irrelevant. Would you say it is wise and good to drink alcohol? If it is wise, would you advise children to drink alcohol as well? If so, please do not give any advice to my children.

             There is no question that folks would say it is a wise and good thing to be educated. We would agree it is a wise and good thing to believe in God, to be a morally upright person, to be a productive member of society, and the like. We encourage and teach our children in these ways so that when they are adults, they will live this kind of life and then instruct their children in the same way. However, would it be a wise and good thing to tell our children, and then one day they tell their children, to start drinking alcohol?

             To help us answer this question concerning whether drinking alcohol is wise or not, let us listen to what the book of God says. In the book of Proverbs 20:1, we read, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (KJV). Another version records Proverbs 20:1 this way: “Wine makes men foolish, and strong drink makes men come to blows; and whoever comes into error through these is not wise” (BBE). God says that it is not wise to drink alcohol. What will we say when asked about drinking alcohol? Will we say what God has said or answer with the opinion of men?

             In addition to this, Proverbs 23:29-35 explains the results of drinking alcohol in great detail. He begins with the warning to not even look at the wine, as it swirls in the cup, and as it goes down smoothly (v. 31). During this time of seeming innocence, there contains the potential for real problems. These problems are not only to be faced in the moments following the drinking, but also into the future!

            People who justify drinking alcohol are deceiving themselves! With all the harm alcohol can do to a person, perhaps deception is the worst harm it brings! Solomon says it best when he writes that those who drink alcohol say, “I must have another drink” when they come off of their drunken stupor (Prov. 23:35). So long as one has deceived himself by denying the real reason for his troubles, he will continue to drink and ruin his physical health, his family, his life, and worst of all, he will jeopardize his soul (I Pet. 4:3-4; I Cor. 6:10; Gal. 5:19-21)!

             Is it a wise and good thing to start drinking alcohol? God says, “No!” How will you respond?

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