Christianity and alcohol.

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:

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Here is some Epic Hopdozer, Three Boys Porter and Parrotdog Otis. The latter two are quite dark, hoppy beers which I enjoy.
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Batemans Mocha. Wow is that a chocolate, coffee beer? Well yes it is. It sounds like a weird combo to be sure, but it’s pretty damn good.
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Ah Garage Project beers. The first one is called ‘Day of the Dead’. These are dark(ish) beers with a hint of chilli in them. They’re not super spicy though. I can’t remember what the second one was called unfortunately.

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:

  • Gambling
  • 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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9 thoughts on “Christianity and alcohol.

  1. I love craft beer. I live in rural Texas, and our town (and entire area) is so heavily Christian it is called the “Bible Belt.” Until about 5 years ago, it was illegal to buy or sell beer or wine in our town. We had to drive 12 miles to the next town. Still, on Sundays, we can’t buy any until after 12:00. I’d love to sit and have one of those porters with you!

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    1. Yeah porters are great! Perhaps one day we could if I make it over there. Damn that sounds oppressive not being allowed to buy alcohol there, I thought such rules ended a long time ago. But I guess in NZ you don’t have so many fundies to dictate laws here…

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  2. There are some fabulous beers out there. I can relate to your post in two ways. Beer is good. And the other is drinking with Christians and I’ll sum that up with a joke. “Why do you always take two Mormons fishing with you? If you only take one, he’ll drink all your beer”. Got to maintain those heirs don’t they…Even while sipping. Lol

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  3. Well the church I used to attend left taking alcohol as a matter of choice as long as it wasn’t in excess and beers and wine were regular participants at almost every church functions ( unless it was for children )

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    1. Beer and wine at church functions??? wow that’s more progressive than my old churches haha. You see, at my churches they said alcohol was a choice too, but at the same time there was this negative feeling towards alcohol everywhere.

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  4. My Pastor and I were recently having this debate. You are correct. Drinking alcohol isn’t sinful for all, but for some. It sounds tricky, like a bunch of rules and regulations, and for that, on behalf of all believers, we are sorry, truly. Each believer has to make that decision on their own before God, and most of us do before we reach the legal age limit. The truth is, Christianity isn’t about whats right, and wrong. It’s about knowing God is smarter, and much more powerful than we are, and because He created all things, (including you & me), He knows what’s best for our lives. Good luck to you 🙂

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    1. Thanks for coming along. I don’t get a lot of Christians visiting this blog lol. Yeah it is a bunch of rules and regulations, and when it comes to alcohol I don’t think the same ‘rules’ should apply to everyone. Most people who take a sip of alcohol aren’t going to suddenly turn into nasty alcoholics yet the churches (that I went to) seemed to treat it that way.

      i understand your sentiment, but I don’t know if you can speak on behalf of all believers since there are so many different denominations and beliefs within Christianity. I used to be a Christian but I found myself unsatisfied after a while. It was all emotions and doctrine but without logic or reason to me. Anyways I’m happy for you if you’re happy as a Christian but I don’t subscribe to it anymore.

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