Many understand that drunkenness is condemned by both the Old and New Testaments. However, there are some that feel “social drinking” is not. Some make arguments in favor of “social drinking,” not because they drink, but because they do not know any better. Others defend “social drinking” because they practice such. Yes, there are those claiming to be members of the Lord’s body that try to defend such. Some otherwise good churches have had their influence hindered because of those that were regarded as being somewhat known “social drinkers” if not outright drunkards. Peter said, “For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings and abominable idolatries” (1Pet. 4:3). Peter uses three expressions I want to notice in this article.
“If you fall out of that tree and break your neck, I’m gonna wear you out!” Sometimes we don’t think before we go out on some limb. It’s foolish to be where we don’t belong, even if it’s a bit exciting. “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).
“If you can’t be happy, you can at least smile while you’re not.” That may seem like an oxymoron, even patently foolish, but it’s just good advice. Fact is, even when you’re upset or discouraged, a smile can bring a measure of relief, both to yourself and to others. “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance; but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” How about a smile, now?
“You aren’t going out and make your mother ashamed, are you?” Solomon said, “A wise son maketh a glad father; but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother” (Proverbs 10:1). You can’t do wrong without a poor influence being exerted. It behooves every one of us to consider how the Father feels when we deliberately do things that are wrong.
A preacher once visited a farmer to talk to him about the church, and to invite him to worship. “Why, I wouldn’t come to church up there,” said the farmer, “I know old so-and-so and his wife and they don’t live any differently from me. I’m as good as they are.” And everywhere the farmer went, he told about the hypocrites in the church.
The months passed and the preacher went to see the farmer again. “I want to buy a hog,” the preacher said. The farmer showed him all his best hogs. Then, they came upon a runt. “That’s the one I want to buy,” the man of God stated. “But … you don’t want to buy a runt, do you?” “Sure I do,” was the reply. So they loaded him into the preacher’s truck.
As the preacher left, he said, “Now I’m going to ride all over this area and tell folks that this is the kind of hogs that you are raising here.” “Hey, that’s not fair,” said the farmer,” I have some nice hogs here and you want to show people the runt!” “If its fair for the church, its fair for the hogs, answered the preacher.