It should go without saying that to sin is to go against God. Notwithstanding how pleasurable or seemingly harmless the sin may be, the offense is against God Himself, and we should be loath to run contrary to the Lord who has saved us from darkness and who is sanctifying us for His service now and in the hereafter.
With so many people of European origin having celebrated Oktoberfest, it is especially appropriate to remind ourselves of the blessing, and bane, of alcoholic drink.
As a non-teetotaler who does occasionally have a beer or glass of wine, I affirm that alcohol may be safely and pleasantly consumed. Even though Jesus may indeed have miraculously created mere grape juice from water – which argument some teetotalers make – I tend to believe the simpler, traditional explanation that the wine which He made at the wedding feast in Cana was, in fact, alcoholic in content. As a classical Protestant, I also tend to prefer wine to grape juice at the Lord’s table — though my older kids prefer the sweeter contrary.
Akin to gluttony, which is the overuse and abuse of God’s blessing of food, or a whole host of sexual sins, which is the abuse and misapplication of God’s gift of sexuality, drunkenness is a sin which we as pro-white Christians ought to avoid at all costs. It brings disgrace to God and puts stumbling blocks before unbelievers to have pro-white, professing Christians engaging in this sin — which Scripture clearly and repeatedly forbids — as if it were actually a virtuous, manly activity.
When gaining twenty pounds by eating Big Mac after Big Mac becomes a masculine virtue, and reflects well upon the deity of Christ and the nobility of your family and your race, then let’s have a laugh about getting wasted.
When sleeping with a girl (or guy) you met at a Bible study, concert, or bar becomes a legitimate way to keep ourselves and one another blameless, then let’s clink bottles and wish each other cheers with our tenth upraised, foaming drink of the evening.
But until those things which God has forbidden cease to be off-limits, destructive, humiliating, and insulting to the glory of God, let’s do the right thing. Honor the marriage bed and keep it holy. Exercise diligence over the body which God has given you to enjoy and which is the temple of His Holy Spirit. Celebrate the bounty which God has given to us through the vine and grain in the same spirit which led the German Reformer Martin Luther to pen his timeless hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He . . .
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.
That Word, with respect to sobriety, is plain and unmistakable. It was written for our benefit and the benefit of others. It was written to safeguard us from the devil, and to glorify God.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: . . . drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal. 5:19-21)
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph. 5:18-20)
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. . . . You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Cor. 6:12-13, 20)
In that liberty, have many sober and happy Oktoberfests!