Christians Drinking Beer: Freedom or Folly?

One time a friend who was visiting a church I use to attend in Florida went to a party on a boat. She was appalled that the people who went to church were drinking beer. She was a recovering alcoholic who struggled in this area and was so turned off that she didn’t come back.

This post isn’t about whether Christians should or should not drink beer. I spent hours trying to explain to my friend that Christians had different standard when it came to drinking alcohol. She didn’t care. She had an excuse to not follow God.

Their freedom turned into their folly.

“But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.” 1 Corinthians 8:9 NLT

Their freedom to drink beer caused a woman who was exploring Christianity but struggled with alcohol addiction to leave. The folly of freedom is that a Christian’s freedom to drink beer could make a recovering alcoholic stumble in their faith.

Freedom is an American virtue. We’re proud that our ancestors traveled across the ocean to be free from religious oppression. They left friends, family, jobs and home for an unknown land.

Deep within every person is a cry for freedom. Yet the folly in freedom is that their’s a cost. Freedom without a price is the great American myth.

The prophet Jeremiah was not popular with Israel because he brought a message declaring captivity by their enemies. The people wanted peace and freedom, yet they worshipped other gods and broke covenant with God who made them a nation. They were deceived into thinking that their would be no consquences for their actions.

When God Sets You Free From Him
God set an edict that every seventh year they were to set their slaves free. Jeremiah 34 states that they set their slaves free to follow God’s law, and then turned around and captured them again. Jeremiah prophesies that since they broke God’s law in regards to setting their slaves free, that He was setting them free from Him.

“Therefore this is what the Lord says: You have not obeyed me; you have not proclaimed freedom to your own people. So I now proclaim ‘freedom’ for you, declares the Lord—‘freedom’ to fall by the sword, plague and famine. I will make you abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth.” Jeremiah 34:17

He sets them free to reap the consequences of disobeying Him. They now have freedom to “fall by the sword, plague or famine.” Freedom always has a price and the people paid dearly when the Babylonians laid siege on Jerusalem and captured them.

The Purpose of Freedom
I’ve seen way too many people who wanted to be free from their families, free from their marriages, free from their kids and free from their responsibilities. Their freedom usually leaves broken hearts behind them, shattered lives, dreams and a lot of hurt and pain. Their freedom becomes their folly.

My hope is to bring freedom to others to love God. I want my life to make it easier for someone to serve God, to see Him and love Him. Of course that costs me because I can’t say everything that I want to say or respond to every fad or whim. I try to live my life based on eternity.

I’m not perfect by any means at this. Just ask the people who are closest to me. But I work hard at trying to help others find freedom in Him. I never want God to say to me, “I set you free from Me.”

Instead, I want the freedom He has given me to build up people. I’m free to love Him. I’m free to serve Him. I’m free to do all that He has called me to be. And that’s true freedom!

4 thoughts on “Christians Drinking Beer: Freedom or Folly?

  1. See Deut 14 : 26 (“strong drink” is explained as beer) or Gen 49 : 12 ( – a blessing !)

    – – You missed the point . Our whole live is a stumbling block. Should I return my driving license because of my strong, sportive car – just to be a good example for the exceeding speeder, should I avoid chocolate ( – in fact I do not like sweets, just for example) to be a help for the one struggling with obesity or suffering from diabetes ? should I cancel my vacation on the beach because of one not having learned to appropriately dealing with his sexual desires ? ( You know : Modesty – – Stumbling block). or not mention i Church that next Thursday together with some colleagues we have a chat in the Cafe, because one Brother only can associate Cafe = Rede Light District – and is ebarassed ?

  2. You have missed the point, drinking is not about freedom but moderation. The recovering alcoholic did not drink in moderation and became addicted to a drug. The Scripture says “Wine is a mocker of men and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Anyone who has awakened in the morning with a hangover knows they were not wise the night before. Christians are admonished to drink a little wine for their stomach’s sake. Until the abolitionist movement came about in the late 1800s and early 1900s Christians imbibed in alcoholic drinks with no thought they were doing anything wrong.

    When would God ever say, “I set you free from me?” That is absolutely contrary to Romans 8:38-39.

    • I was raised in an assembies of god church. All my young life l heard about dancing drinking movies. Even makeup wWould send you to hell l. I was condemned. For drinking. Now i am so angry to see my neices and nephews do these things and still are considered great and popular kids in church. I have not been in a church for yrs. Apparently sins change from one decade to the next. s a young

    • You have missed the point. This post is not whether Christians should drink or not drink but our responsibility for handling the freedom God gives us. This is not about moderation. This post is about not letting our freedom be a stumbling block for our brothers and sisters. And read Romans 8, the whole chapter. That scripture applies to Christians who are living according to the Spirit and not the flesh. Romans 8:38-39 was written to the persecuted church. These were not Christians who were wondering if they should drink beer or not. These were Christians who lived under the threat of death because of they loved Jesus. They were watching their brothers and sisters get devoured in the coliseum by lions. Ugh, yeah I think they needed to hear that when they were watching their brothers and sisters get tortured for their faith.

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