In many churches throughout America, it is normal practice for the preacher man to have a glass of water sitting on the pulpit. That only stands to reason because his throat gets dry while he’s raising his voice and loudly proclaiming, “Thus saith the Lord!” But isn’t drinking water too old-school? Shouldn’t it be okay for pastors to move into the 21st Century? Would you be surprised to know there are pastors and churches who are now combining Bible studies and beer? Who host nights at their churches where people come out and drink beer while singing songs of praise to God?
Does that bother you? It should. It certainly bothers me! I live next door to a bar. Guess what? The people that go there are killing their brain cells. Whether or not they choose to admit it, that beer they’re consuming has some alcohol in it. Those people are loud and clamorous. A lot of them go there thinking they can drink away their heartaches and sorrows. Should a bar owner and a pastor be so much alike that they are both seen in their place of work drinking intoxicating beverages?
Let’s see what the Bible has to say about beer.
Proverbs 20:1, “Wine is a mocker and strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”
But preacher, you say, that verse is talking about wine, not beer!
Oh contrare, my friend. The beginning of that verse does mention wine. What kind of wine is it referring to? It was translated from the word yayin, which means fermented wine or the type of wine that intoxicates; not grapejuice, which is what is referred to in some other scriptures where wine is mentioned.
The problem with wine, then, is that it intoxicates. In other words, it causes a person to lose control of their actions.
Yes, preacher, but you said this blog was about beer and you’re still going on about wine! Okay, fine, let’s move on and look at the rest of the verse.
After saying wine is a mocker, it says “and strong drink is raging.” Look carefully at that verse. It does not say wine is raging. It says, “wine is a mocker and strong drink is raging.” In other words, wine and strong drink are two different things!
“Strong drink” was translated from the word shekar, which basically refers to any drink that has intoxicating abilities.
The verse goes on to say that anyone deceived by wine or strong drink is not wise.
Oh, but preacher, it’s okay to drink as long as it is casual drinking. As long as a person isn’t overtaken by it. As long as a person isn’t tricked by it. That’s what the verse says. It says you’re only unwise if you’re deceived by it!
Oh silly person, now it’s my turn to speak. When a person is deceived, they don’t know they’re deceived! Especially if the person who has been deceived is not wise. Do you really think people would get behind the wheel of an automobile so plastered that they can’t drive in a straight line if they weren’t deceived? Did that drunk driver know he was too drunk to drive? No. He sure didn’t! He thought his mind and reactions were fine.
What would I do if my pastor came in to church next week and set a can of beer on the pulpit? I would have to excuse myself from that church. I could no longer submit myself to his authority and would no longer respect him as a man of God.
So what about the laymen? Is it okay for the members of the church to drink as long as it’s not the pastor who’s doing so? Share your thoughts below (and back them up with scripture if possible). I intentionally only used one verse of scripture so as to not utilize any scriptures you may wish to share.