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When I was growing up, it was pretty well understood that Christians — real, committed, Bible-believing, what today some would shorthand “evangelical,” Christians — didn’t drink. There was an easy contrast for me on this topic, growing up in Boston surrounded by Catholics or, you know, fake Christians. They drank. We didn’t. Have fun in hell, suckers.

But sometime between then and now, and conveniently around the time my friends and I came of age at a Christian college of all places, this changed. Can we blame the emerging church for this like everything else? Did we finally discover “freedom in Christ?” What changed?

I’m not sure, but there’s no question that a change has occurred and evangelicals have adopted drinking into their docket of acceptable practices — joining rock and roll and two-piece bathing suits — across denominations. Sure, there are still a few holdouts, but they seem to be outnumbered by those churches hosting “Theology on Tap” events in bars, brewing clubs in church basements, beer bolstered hymn sing-alongs, and communion with real wine.

It’s happening, but why and how?

I’m working on a proposal for a book on this very topic. It is more memoir than investigation, but it necessarily considers this shift. To that end, I’m interested in your stories. As a Christian — evangelical, post-evangelical, mainline, other — do you drink? When did it become okay? Do you know people who still think to imbibe is to drink in the devil’s poison?

I have about a 50% success rate in these asking-for-your-feedback type posts, but it doesn’t hurt to try. So, if you’re up for it, go ahead. Tell me your story below.

Cheers!

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  • http://www.johnwhawthorne.com John Hawthorne

    Jon: Been reading Brennan Manning’s memoir, All Is Grace. Came across this paragraph this morning:

    “I know there is a cadre of young Christian leaders these days who find talking theology over beer to be something exhilarating and edgy, as if combining the two hadn’t occurred to anyone before. I believe these young men have historical amnesia.”

    Of course, the major theme of Manning’s book is about how his alcoholism ran counter to the good news he was proclaiming. But there’s likely much middle ground to be explored.

  • Alissa

    Actually, by the time I got to college I realized it was my very particular evangelical bubble that was anti-alcohol, not really Christians or even necessarily evangelicals at large (and I wonder how much of that is the sort of evangelicalism that skulks around the Northeast). But I’m sure the roots are historical.

  • Alissa

    Oh – and I bet there’s a link between this and the phenomenal rise in popularity of artisanal and local beers.

  • Alissa

    Sigh, sorry: and also I think the rise of the cult of the Inklings has something to do with it.

  • Jay

    Can I recommend one book for you to read before you write? “the Poisoned Chalice.” The topic seems dull, but this is a clear and definitive examination of why evangelicals STOPPED drinking in the 19th century. Once you know why they stopped, then it’s easier to understand why they started again.
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Poisoned-Chalice-Eucharistic-Common-Sense/dp/0817356975

  • Sandra

    I grew up in a Christian household where drinking was considered verboten. I guess my dad had been what you’d call a “problem drinker” (not an alcoholic) when he was younger and after he and my mom converted, they stopped. Or at least I was told they did. It wasn’t until I was eleven or twelve that I found out my parents drank occasionally (as all adults should be allowed to do!) but hid it from us. I felt extremely betrayed.

    I myself didn’t start drinking until I was in college. I wasn’t a Christian at the time; I didn’t accept Christ until my mid-20s. Now, in my early 30s, I probably drink more than I ever did in college or young adulthood. This isn’t necessarily something that the church I go do condones (although I think they do have a theology on tap program), though most of my drinking buddies are other Christians who attend the same church. Many others are part of wine clubs or brew their own beers or infuse their own whiskeys and vodkas. It’s no stranger to go to a bar with Christians for me as it is non-Christians.

    I’m not sure when this happened, or if it just depends on the church, because the last church I went to would not even perform weddings if alcohol was served at the receptions. I have not found that the quality of faith or Christian character is in any way diminished in those friends who choose to drink. In fact, I find it quite funny when I do talk to Christians who consider alcohol to be something to furtively discussed.

    I think I may have inherited some of his “problem drinking” tendencies. By that I mean, making poor decision while under the influence of alcohol, not flat-out alcoholism. That I interpret as someone who NEEDS alcohol to cope with life. I am not like this. Still, it’s something my mom is endlessly worried about. She doesn’t allow hard liquor in her house and will give my brother and I the stankeye if she sees us consume more than two drinks in one sitting.

  • http://www.onpoptheology.com Benjamin Howard

    Hey Jonathan,

    Alcohol was a no-go growing up, in fact, my parents still don’t know that I drink. I didn’t drink at all until I was 21. I just so happened to be working an intern for the summer at a church. The preacher and his wife took me out for margaritas and then I went and got beers with some friends a few nights later.

    I’ve never really been more than a social drinker and my limit is 2 or 3 at the most. I’ve never let myself get really drunk, but that’s more because I like being in control. I rarely keep alcohol in my house. I have a bottle of whiskey that I occasionally crack open when writing, but that’s about it.

    Pretty tame altogether. Sometimes I feel like my upbringing made alcohol out to be A LOT more than it actually is.

  • Brooke

    My mum is one of those types who doesn’t really know what she believes, but she believes it fiercely when she hears her pastor or a Fox News face speak it. She was the only form of “spiritual leadership” in our household. Dad worked, and Mum took me and my sister to church. Our Christianity was rather “blah, whatever” when I was growing up. It was something we did, rather than something we were. That said,the stance my mum had on alcohol was that beer and wine were generally okay. Moderation was a must, and my sister and I were never to date/court/marry a man who drank to excess.

    My parents were not ready for me to turn 21. Beer and wine were okay, but, in my mother’s eyes, cocktails and hard liquor were not…even though I practiced her preachings of moderation…something neither she nor my dad practice anymore. Whenever my husband and I go out with them, or we meet at a family function with a bar, they look so shocked to see me enjoying a gin and tonic. There are alcoholics on both sides of my family, so I am particularly careful about my drinking. However, my caution and extremely low count of times I’ve actually been drunk for a person of 23 years doesn’t seem to matter. My liquor cabinet is just too well-stocked for my mum’s approval. My family embodies a curious mixture of contradictions and double-standards. You can never be sure what’s okay and what isn’t until it’s too late.

    • Hollyluja

      My mom is the same! I’ve tried to convince her that a true alcoholic would *not* have a well-stocked liquor cabinet, because he or she would just drink it as fast as they buy it. Having enough bottles to make mixed drinks (and having each of those bottles last for years) just means you like cocktails.

  • Patrick Sawyer

    This may not be sensational enough but for me it was all quite simple. I became a Christian when I was 19. I looked into what the Bible teaches about drinking alcohol which is that it is acceptable (even recommended in certain situations and occasions) to drink in moderation in keeping with the laws of the particular county, province, state, and country you providentially find yourself in. Up to age 19 I had not drank very much, In fact I had never drank to excess. In keeping with the laws of the state of NC in the US, when I became a Christian I stopped drinking completely until I turned 21. Since the age of 21 I have been drinking in moderation 1-3 times a month.

    My wife and I are considered lay experts on wine and mixed drinks but are neophytes in regards to beer. Thankfully we have friends who are beer aficionados and we routinely get to hear about interesting things that are happening in the beer world.

    As far as those “Christians” or “Christian” groups who view all consumption of alcohol as anathema, they are a sad reminder that more than a few who make claims to being Christian nullify the word of God by their man-made traditions (Mark 7:13) and in so doing hurt the cause of Christ as evidenced by those who have been turned off from Christ by being subjected to such purblind, ignorant, and yes, ungodly thinking.

  • http://rocksalive777.blogspot.com Andrew

    When I was growing up (in the conservative environment of the military chapel system), this was a bit of an issue. Certain families would drink, others wouldn’t (further complicated by being in Germany). The correlation I’ve always seen has been more along the lines of charismatic/non-charismatic than fundamentalist/liberal. Even in my own family, my Southern Baptist grandparents drink, whereas my United Methodist grandmother (raised in the Holiness tradition) shoots me dirty looks when I utter the word “beer.”

    All of that being said, however, knowing quite a few fundamentalists, I’m well aware that the charismatic dividing line does not always hold true. If I had to guess, I would say that part of the shift in values can be attributed in the rise of the US’s beer culture. Beer has become a culinary art, of sorts, and helped to raise all alcohol to a more esteemed position (and could possibly explain why more Christians are ok with beer and wine, but less so with liquors). This move, as far as I can tell, is analogous to the rise of Christian rock and rap. Once it moved into the mainstream and was adopted by “edgy” Christians, it became a selling point.

    I wonder when we’ll start seeing “Why should the Devil get all the good booze?” t-shirts?

  • http://www.afterhoursdenver.org Jerry Herships

    Not only do I drink, I’m an ordained clergy elder in the United Methodist Church. We host “Theology Pubs monthly, and we hold our church services (that we call Happy Hours) in bars all over the city on Monday nights. We would like to think Jesus would be right there with us if he was walking around today. Here is us doing our thing on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMG-KL2PXMI&sns=em. Hope you get lots of responses. Good Luck. Jerry Herships, Chief Love Monger AfterHours Denver

  • http://garyhorsman.com Gary Horsman

    Before I made a conscious decision to become a born-again Christian at the age of 15, I had long before determined during my childhood that I would never drink, smoke or do drugs. So when I joined an evangelical church, my early pledge dovetailed perfectly with the community standards.

    And not that it was a hard and fast rule against alcohol at the Pentecostal church where I attended. Certainly there was room for friendly disagreements, but you could be sure that no alcohol would ever be served at any church-sponsored social events, including weddings.

    At first, I was steadfastly opposed to Christians drinking, as was my conservative mindset at the time. I was one of those who argued that the wine Jesus had transformed from water as recorded in the Bible at the wedding at Cana was simply grape juice.

    But then I started to read from reliable historical resources and listened to other genuine, moderate Christians who had no opposition to the consumption of alcohol and started to change my opinion.

    Historically, the temperance movement came about as a result of an epidemic of alcohol abuse throughout 19th century America and finally resulted in the Prohibition Amendment to the constitution. And those who follow history understand how badly that ended up.

    The champions of temperance were mostly women from religious backgrounds and much of that anti-alcoholic fervor carried over into later years, even after Prohibition was struck down.

    But the evangelical church has since moderated its stance on many issues, not just alcohol. Playing sports and shopping on Sundays, social dancing, remarriage, watching movies and television shows, Christian rock music. Evangelicals have for the most part moved on and realize that spirituality is not dependent on innocuous lifestyle choices.

    As for me, to this day, I can’t stand the taste of alcohol and at no point in my life have I ever been intrigued or curious about it. But it is no longer about moral purity.

    Maybe, in an odd way, that could be called progress.

  • Adam

    I was brought up in a Southern California evangelical church, and while there wasn’t an explicit repudiation of drinkers, there was a strong social pressure against any consumption of alcohol. Given all the mentions of wine-drinking in the New Testament, it never made a lot of sense to me, nevermind the contention that it wasn’t *really* wine (watered down, yes, but wine nonetheless). I’ve always enjoyed a drink, and the mainline church I eventually defected in my adulthood to doesn’t see a problem with it.

    As others have mentioned above, the evangelical rejection of alcohol is an artifact of 19th century US politics. While it’s true that there was an epidemic of alcoholism in the US at the time, another part of the political coalition advocating temperance was a reaction against the perceived moral inferiority of eastern and southern European immigrants and their alleged drunkenness.

  • Dan Allison

    Just visited some frightening relatives in Georgia. The “Rome Baptist Temple” in Rome, Georgia follows people around on weekends and kicks them out if they’re seen going into a bar. They’re not alone. North Georgia is a frightening hell-hole.

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  • seniorcit

    I grew up in the 50s and early 60s in Canada, in a Bible School mentality where alcohol was verboten in our fundamentalist circle along with movies, dancing, smoking, pierced ears, rock and roll, swearing and other things. If you were a real, true Christian you avoided all these and also packed your Bible to high school on top of your school books so everyone could see where you stood. Oddly enough, parking with your boyfriend on a dark and deserted street and steaming up the car windows for an hour or two after youth group events was not censored. I’m pushing 70 and have left the fundamentalist Baptist world long behind. In the last two or three decades I’ve learned to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner on a regular basis and become brave enough to buy wine myself at the local grocery store. This change began about the time I started attending a mainline church where “real” wine was served at communion. Interestingly, my sister tells of a church in her community which used grape Kool-Aid for communion….chemical Jesus!

  • toddh

    Grew up mainline Methodist until 8th grade when my family switched to a conservative (evangelical) Baptist church. I remember hearing a sermon where the pastor begrudgingly said it was ok to drink in moderation, but he recommended not drinking, and then listed his many reasons. So I got the point (after a few drinks in high school) and drank only after I turned 21, and even then, maybe one drink per year. I mainly associated drinking with beer ads during football season, and that advertising message didn’t appeal to me at all.

    It was only after staring working at a mainline Lutheran church that I discovered the subtle delights of the imported and craft beer aisle, and now I enjoy a beer or two a week. I don’t know many people anymore who hold to tee-totaling for biblical/theological reasons, although I’m sure they are out there.

  • Dan Allison

    BTW, the last time I was told that being seen with a beer is a bad witness, my response was “Being seen as a self-righteous moralistic prig is a worse witness.”

  • Lecturer

    I posted this on my Facebook page, but I think it bears repeating:

    My own thoughts are increasingly that a few generations ago in majority-Baptist regions of the country, drinking was a sort of socially acceptable deviance. You were raised Christian, but then in your teens early twenties began to drink heavily and then were born again and saved from a life of sin and debauchery. So the bar/pool hall and the church actually reinforced each other in communities of the small-town south and west. Each played a fairly well-scripted role.

    But with the social change of the last fifty years, the place of the liquor store and the bar in the moral script of southern life has changed. That means that the narrative of the particular sin that dominated the debauched life as drinking has also lost its punch, and with that, a beer with dinner has become more acceptable among evangelicals.

  • Neil Wilson

    In the Christian Brethren circles that I grew up in even watching TV was considered as a sin let alone drinking a drop of alcohol. TV (and computers) now are okay but alcohol is still out.

  • http://www.nathancolquhoun.com Nathan Colquhoun

    I grew up in a Pentecostal church thinking drinking of any sort was wrong, I never touched it till after university. My parents even drank and I would fight with them about it, shows how deep my indoctrination went. Alcohol always was an issue in their lives. I am now a church planter within a denomination that promotes the abstinence of alcohol and have had a few arguments with other folks in the tribe as we run shows that serve alcohol out of our building and a part of the growing group that over looks this recommendation.

    To cap it all off I am now starting a small brewery in town with a group of friends (still part of this church) and we actually have a friend on the team that is starting this that will not touch the stuff. So the balance has always been a tough one.

  • Jacob

    I would probably consider myself post-evangelical. My parents don’t drink at all and I really didn’t have any alcohol (other than a couple of sips) until I turned 21. After I turned 21, I really didn’t drink for pretty much that whole year. I’m 23 now and as a part of my wife and I’s wedding anniversary (married young, so I guess I still have some of that evangelical tradition in me!) we plan to go to a local brewery as part of the celebration. So yeah I drink, beer mostly, but never in excess (like a good Christian…).

  • http://www.patrolmag.com Fitz

    Just wanted to jump in here real quick to thank all of you for weighing in. And, by all means, keep the responses coming!

  • pam

    The charismatic churches I grew up in, married in and raised my children in strictly forbade the consumption of alcohol. When I was 18, a man was excommunicated from our large and influential church for drinking wine. The church we raised our children in required leaders (pastoral & lay) to sign a contract that they would not engage in any immoral or ungodly behavior and this included alcohol consumption. My husband and I went along with this for many years but eventually it became clear to us that their arguments were paper-thin and not sitting on solid biblical ground. As our sons entered their teen years, we began to see that conforming to the church’s rules was not going to serve our family well. First, we wanted to engage in conversation with our boys about alcohol and felt that mandating abstinence would most likely result in them drinking behind our backs. This could lead to nothing good. Second, we knew the church was wrong to cite scripture to defend their position – a position they are entitled to but let’s not bring God into this, shall we. We were not ok with them misrepresenting scripture to serve their purposes, which, if we’re being honest, is nothing more than good old-fashioned manipulation. And third, we wanted our sons to recognize that this was a freedom only God could bestow or take from them, [recognizing state laws as god-given, of course!] thus it was one that ultimately required a conversation with Him, not us. And so when our sons were in their teenage years we made the very conscious decision to allow alcohol into our home. I have not regretted this decision, although it was certainly easier to “Just say no.” My husband and I removed ourselves from leadership. Our eldest son was taken off the worship team for not signing the contract when he turned 21. All these “losses”, however, resulted in freedom as we separated ourselves from the leaders who didn’t feel they could trust us with the liberties God had given us. (Alcohol consumption was simply the most obvious area of control they sought to exert over people, as is usually the case) Today, we – including our sons – drink alcohol without condemnation or guilt and are in churches that don’t try to control us with rules, but model and teach a lifestyle that is continually submitted to Christ. What a revolutionary concept, don’t you think?

  • MikeD

    The best beers in the world are brewed by Trappist monks in Belgium. They understand that the basic ingredients in beer (grain, yeast, water) are also what comprise the Staff of Life: bread. It is no coincidence that Trappist ales are served in a chalice, in part to let the delicate flavors breathe and emerge, but mainly because the good monks wanted to acknowledge that, while zymurgy is a human artifact, beer is a sacred gift from God.

  • Steve Robinson

    I was raised Roman Catholic and my parents drank moderately. I converted to the “acapella churches of Christ” in my late teens. They taught that wine in the Bible was “raisin paste”/non-alchoholic and “if you drink one drink, you are one drink drunk”. I abided by the rules but never bought the party line. I was a minister for them for about 3 years and at restaurants would order red wine in a coffee cup in case a church member saw me. (Explaining that to wait staff was always interesting). One of our members married a Mexican fellow whose family hosted their reception and brought champagne. No one was drinking (even the people that I KNEW drank privately). The dad was mortified. I went around and told everyone this was embarrassing to the family and to grab a glass of champagne and be sure it was all gone by the end of the day even if they went around the corner and dumped it out. I grabbed a glass and offered a toast and drank it in front of everyone. Some followed suit, others didn’t. I was chastised by the elders, and it was one incident that eventually got me fired. I eventually became Episcopalian and now Eastern Orthodox. Even though I drank I was scandalized when I saw the Orthodox parish hall with a full bar. It just seemed to me a line was crossed. My experience with converts from tee-totalling traditions is that drinking is much like being a “christian hipster” and more of a conspicuous badge worn than anything else. The indulgence in craft beers and fine wines, scotch, tequila etc. is almost a justification that is is akin to “art” and not just an indulgence. So I think there is still an element of guilt attached to it… one can’t just drink a cheap beer just to get a little buzz and loosen up.

  • http://www.calvaryarlington.com Jim Jacobson

    Jonathan, I’ve watched this trend with great interest. I came out of the drug and alcohol experience of the 80’s with a lot of scars. I began drinking in junior high, and by the time I was 21 I taken just about every drug I could find, and was suicidal. I was addicted, and my life sucked. I wound up very loaded one night, and with a gun, bullet chambered, and stuck in my mouth. Fortunately, for me, a loved one came into my bedroom and caught me. I went to rehab after stopping by 7-11 for beer. ( thats the short story)
    I’ve never forgotten the ugliness and the intense pain that I experienced. Today, nearly 3 decades later I watch Christian youth trying out their liberty with impunity. They think they’re better than their parents, it’s part of the pride of the age. They have designer jeans they have designer beers and they have super cool beards. Like a lot of things in our society, it seems as though they have no understanding of history. Perhaps many of these young experimenters will be just fine. But some will die. The statistics are clear, there are more deaths related to alcohol consumption than gun violence. But it’s very cool.

    For me personally I just don’t have any place for alcohol in my life. And you know what? I don’t miss it. It’s done nothing for humanity. But it has left quite a destructive wake in its path.

    As a pastor of a Christian church, I certainly do not have a biblical mandate to forbid consumption. I do however not shy away from making my views clear. One question that nags me in light of this topic, is “what do Christians give up in order to follow Christ?” “Is there any liberty that should be set aside as an example in love?”

  • Nate

    I’m in my did-20’s, Reformed, Evangelical. I started slowly but have enjoyed beer, wine, and whiskey for as long as I’ve been of legal age. I especially like some of the higher-end, imported, and craft beers.

    My experience is that in the evangelical camp, the drinking and non-drinking camps tend to divide along the lines of reformed theology. The reformers and liberals both drink while the fundamentalists and pentecostals abstain.

    Jesus turned water into wine. I think he intended for us to enjoy it.

  • Elle

    I have a few charismatic friends who took me out for my first drink when I turned 21. They would agree with the commenter who implied that they are rare birds.

    My mom seemed to oppose all drinking but turned out to hide wine around the house and drink alone. My dad would drink moderately with coworkers but not around my mom.

    Some of my mom’s views about alcohol seem to reflect (outdated) class signifiers justified in religious terms – for example, one glass of wine being acceptable, but not beer, supposedly because wine is mentioned in the Bible.

    My parents have moderated their practices, partly after encountering other Christians who drink in moderation (and are “classy”), and now subscribe to a wine of the month club, but it’s still awkward territory. On the way to this stage we had more than one holiday melt-down when one of us misjudged the progress.

  • B Blankin

    For me the transition “When did [drinking alcohol] become okay” took place on a mission trip. We were 18 American kids and two English. The 18 of us were carrying on a serious conversation about the evils of alcohol, when the two English girls suddenly burst out laughing. When I realized that “temperance” was much more of an American social construct than a universal Christian belief, I began to question it seriously.
    to answer your other two questions, yes, I drink, and yes, I still know Christians who believe any drinking of alcohol ever is a sin. If you ask me their arguments are based on reductio ad absurdum (“if you never drink, you never get drunk, therefore the best way to avoid the sin of drunkenness is never to drink”) and the occasional twist of scripture (claiming the wine Jesus made and he and his followers drank was actually unfermented grape juice).

  • EJ

    Perhaps it is the influence of the neo-reformed movement on evangelicalism. In the new reformed movement, there seems to be a strong emphasis on “grace” versus “rule keeping” and majoring on minors – or at least that was the narrative I was sold when I went to college. I would argue the reformed just major on different minors, but that’s another story.

  • Hope

    The gray area of this issue (and almost every other issue ever needing a solution) is relying on peoples’ personal preferences rather than going back to what the Bible has to say and what is the Heart of God.
    In Proverbs 31:4,King Solomon’s mother is giving him advice for his life. She tells him that it is not for kings and rulers to drink. More than likely because King Solomon had a issue with partying and also because they are in a position of heavy influence over the minions.
    As daughters and sons of God, we are princes and princesses of our King and should try to behave as such. Which, as we all know all too well, that never seems to work out as well as we intend. Which leads us to Jesus.
    People always give the justification that because Jesus drank wine, He is cool with it so it must be fine, if not encouraged. We are called to be Christ-like right? Well as everything controversial in the Bible has been and will continue to be taken out of context, it is important to look at why Jesus was drinking wine in the first place. Also, why He tells us to drink wine: “…this is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me. In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 1 Cor. 11:24-25.
    The problem becomes the excess and the intention. Ephesians 5:18 says we should be filled with The Spirit not drunkenness. If you constantly drink for the intent of becoming drunk, that is not Godly and is evident of other issues you may be (or may not be) dealing with. If this is the case, pray. If you start to notice your glasses of wine or casual glasses of whiskey become too frequent and not as potent as they once were, that could be the start of something you probably don’t want to be apart of. Peep Proverbs 23:29-35. Again, prayer and supplication can help with that.
    Personally, I don’t say no to the occasional celebratory or ‘just-because’ glass of wine and goodness knows a glass of Maker’s Mark is a wonderful companion on an evening with good friends. The issue lies in my ability of self discipline and my priorities. Is having a “good time” worth fogging my clarity and ability to hear God? Is having just one more glass worth impairing an onlooker’s view of Christians? That’s an internal struggle that I have had to face myself.
    We are in this world but we are not of it and how we each represent God should be compliant with His word and ideally universal through out all Christians. That being said, it is up the the individual- you know you’re limits and you know what God thinks about it: have at it.

  • Catherine Rohwedder

    Growing up my mother made wine for the Holidys for the adult s only. My dad would pul out this bottle of something stronger and the uncle would have a small chaser of it. Just one. My Dad had that bottle for years. However, he spoke strongly against drinking for pleasure on a regular bases. I did not crea for the taste when I tried beer but liked a vodka drink when I tried it. I thought ok. Drank on a rare occasion then serving with the forest service I saw some major drinking. Heard peoples conversation about drinking and plans to drink on days off. I spent my time off sight seeing, sewing, reading. Watching a good old movie. Was bored being at parties when all of them were under the influence. Good never get a good conversation going. Could not trust a mans intentions while he was under the influence. I would get up to go to church but not the drinkers. Then I was on the crew called out at 3am on a car accident. We knew this person. The other guys on the crew saw him drunk. He was dead all alone in the highway. I thought why? Why can you not relax and have fun with out alchohol. Why can you not deal with life with out a drug? Something not right. I have not seen any scripture that says Our Lord and Savior ever said ” I need a drink to relax” Yes wine was used to preserve fruit and due to lack of fresh drinking water. It helps settle bacteria in the stomach. But when someone says they need it to relax or cope I felt that was a line I did not want to cross. After seeing it wreak havoc on so many peoples lives I decided it was a stumbling block to my fellow man if I drank and showed support. That is why It can very much fall into the category of being something a Christian ought not to do. It is not a necessity in life however, it has great potential to be harmful and has been harmful. It is addictive and most people can not predict whether or not they are susceptible.

    So it was my choice as a conviction not to drink.