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Thank you for taking the time to read Embracing the Journey. I am truly grateful for each reader! I want you to hear my heart. Throughout the course of this blog, there have been posts on everything from encouragement and changing seasons to dry shampoo and running shoes.
Something has been on my heart for a while. It comes up frequently and I have been asked this question over and over. In the spirit of being real with you, I want to share the question I am asked the most: Why don’t you drink alcohol?
This is my personal conviction and these are some of the reasons I don’t drink.
I turn to the Bible for my source of truth.
- I don’t want to cause someone to stumble because I am drinking.
- Christians are called to be sober minded. 1 Peter 5:8-9 continues to say how the devil seeks someone to devour.
- We are told in 1 Peter 3:15 to be ready to give an answer for what we believe. How can I be ready to give an answer if I can’t even walk straight?
- Alcohol is a depressant.
- I heard a pastor say, “What you do in moderation, your kids will do in excess.”
- There is a reason it is illegal before a certain age.
- Alcohol destroys lives, homes and families. I don’t want it in my home.
- “Flee from the appearance of evil,” 1 Thessalonians 5:22. Because drunkenness is a sin, why would I drink?
- It lowers judgement and removes the filter. This is a spiral of thoughts, words and actions that a sober minded person has control over.
- If you don’t drink for it to alter your thinking, why don’t you drink something non alcoholic?
- If it could cause me to sin, I don’t want to take part in it.
A pastor gave the illustration of the guardrail. It is there to protect you from falling off the edge of the cliff. As humans, we like to test just how close we can get to the edge of the cliff without falling off. But why? Why when the Bible so clearly points out all the negatives that come from drinking, why do it? Why see how many you can throw back before you become drunk? Because you “want to have a good time?” Is your happiness truly that dependent on risking disappointing God with your actions?
“It’s just social drinking. I don’t drink that often.” So, what does “not drink that often” mean? If you don’t drink that often why do you have a problem with drinking more?
“Everyone does it so I do it just so I’m not that odd person out.” If social drinking weren’t a thing, there would be way less alcoholics. Alcohol is addictive. As Christians, we’re called to live differently, set-apart, an example. We are representing Christ.
I’m reminded of a John Mayer song, “In the Blood.” Basically, the song struggles through the question, “is who I am a sum of my decisions or is it always in my blood?” What can you change about your life’s trajectory? To me, alcohol has proven to be a cracked open door for a downward spiral. I don’t want my life to become that.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.” Personally, I can’t allow alcohol into my life. I don’t want to be held accountable for the things I may or may not do because I am under the influence. I have never had alcohol and I will never have alcohol.
This is truly my heart. I write this because it has become a topic I face often. Life goes too fast and this has been weighing on my heart for too long for me not share it. These are my personal convictions for why I don’t drink.
Please know, whether we’ve met or not, I prayed for you. I don’t know your story or what you’re going through, but I know Who does. Stay the course, friend! He hears your heart and has good things in store.
Until the next post ~ Britt