Good response and I agree that alcohol is permissible but can become a stumbling block for less mature believers.
I think we should also emphasize to the new generation of Christians that drinking can be profitable for some people in some instances. For example, my doctor recommended that I use a little red wine in my diet because it helps to build red blood cells- since I have a medical condition called anemia which is the lack of these cells, a drink now and then could really help the condition, better than most medications.
Also, my grandmother always swore by a liquor called “Rock N Rye” that was made years ago for use for a chest cold medicine. Supposedly, a few shots of the stuff could clear up the worst case of congestion better than any cough syrup. I don’t know this one by personal experience, as I couldn’t get past the smell of the stuff!
My husband is a minister, so it becomes a very sensitive issue to try to not offend others. Many people in the area I live in think its wrong for a woman to wear pants, or for a man to have a beard. Yet I wear blue jeans and my husband has a goatee- if confronted by some of these people, we try to use these opportunities to set people free from the legalistic law that they try to place themselves under.
After all, Colossians 2:13b-14 says, “He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.”
While we must never do something in order to offend someone, we must also begin as a body to exercise the freedom that Jesus gave us when He nailed the law to the cross!
In His Grip,