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.
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