Alcohol serves an interesting, accidental purpose within the body of Christ. For one group of believers, alcohol can serve as a litmus test for whether or not a Christian is “fiery” and “passionate” about Jesus. For another group, it can also serve as a litmus test for whether or not a Christian is “legalistic” and “religious” in the way they live out their faith. Personally, I do not drink – socially or privately. There are a few reasons for this: alcohol abuse had a negative impact on my childhood. As a leader in the body of Christ, I care about what I endorse and influence others to do or refrain from doing. Finally, and most practically, I simply do not care for the taste of alcohol.
How should a Christian approach alcohol?