During the last few years in New Zealand, a craft beer scene really exploded. In case you’re unaware, craft beers are beverages made from small, localised micro-breweries, as opposed to your normal breweries that dominate the market. Craft beers tend to be more flavorsome and experimental than your average ‘run of the mill’ beers you’d find at a bar or supermarket. So, from time to time I love to try the different craft beers out there. Here are a few which I like:
Anyways, where were we? When I was a Christian, people had this weird relationship with alcohol. If you were Christian you will probably know what I mean. Christians weren’t explicitly opposed to alcohol, but alcohol in excess was sinful. OK, fair enough. But then you would NEVER see alcohol at Christian gatherings. These people might drink alcohol individually with non-Christian friends, but as soon as it’s church related, alcohol isn’t there. I never quite understood why. Were people fearful of being judged? Was it because the powers that be in church decided that alcohol has no place there? Probably a little bit of both.
And then, you have people like my Christian flatmate. For most of their life, they never had any alcohol. When they are offered a beer, they treat it with suspicion and ask lots of questions before VERY SLOWLY drinking it. I should probably say this: if you choose not to have alcohol because you don’t like it or whatever, then that’s fine. If you have a drinking problem, then yeah, staying away from alcohol is probably a good idea. But these people (like my flatmate), make decisions based on what other people think is good or bad for them. It’s a problem which I saw quite prevalent in Christianity, beyond the church smiles and friendly fellowship. If you dare question what the powers that be say, you better shut up or else. It makes people enslaved more than anything else. Alcohol is just one example of this, out of many. A few other common examples I can think of are:
- Who you should date (hint, they go to your church)
- Who you should vote for (hint, it’s the party which isn’t progressive or liberal)
So there you have it, that’s the end of another rant of mine. I am looking forward to my blog posts I’m writing for the next few weeks. Have a good day y’all.
– The Covert Atheist.
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