First off, let me introduce myself to you if you do not know me. My name is Justin Golden, Student Director at Journey Church of Tifton, Georgia. As cliche as it sounds, I love coffee. I love espresso. I love Jesus.
This isn’t a fancy post. In fact I want it to be very basic and to-the-point. Christians today, are making it harder and harder to distinguish the difference between believers and non-believers. We should be different than this world. If our life doesn’t look any different than that of a non-believer, how are we shining the light of Jesus through our lives?
We are different. We all have different gifts. I believe God has used my past to teach another generation; God uses my “before Christ” lifestyle as a testimony to others. 3 years ago, I did not have a relationship with Jesus. I was raised in church and thought that was enough. My weekend life of drinking, partying, etc. was normal to me. I thought nothing of it other than I was just living the life!
Now, I am not here to say whether alcohol is bad or good or ok to drink or not. That is not the issue here. What I am sharing here is that my life when I chose to drink alcohol, wasn’t honoring Christ. It was to get drunk. It was to fit in with the crowd.
It really bothers me when I see friends who claim to know Christ and claim to have a great relationship with him, continue to indulge into the sin of drinking to get drunk. See, this is where we have to look at our own lives and examine what is in our hearts. If you really want to honor God, how do you do it with a 12 pack of cold Bud Light in your hand every single day?
Let me explain my self. Do I believe you can be a Christian and still drink alcohol? Yes I do. But, What is the motive behind your drinking. Scripture tells us to be sober minded. Are you drinking to get drunk? Ultimately what is your motive? Do you run to alcohol for comfort? Isn’t that what Christ is for?!! Are you running to alcohol because of your shame? That’s what Christ is for!
Anytime we substitute a earthly thing for the position of Christ in our life, it becomes a sin.
God made it clear in the Ten Commandments: “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3) Anything we put before God, is an idol. We replace God with something else.
As for me, I look at my ministry. If one of my youth was to call me one night needing me to come get them, would I be ready? See, if I chose to have a couple of beers at night in my home, would that be ok? It could but I wouldn’t be ready for ministry at all times. There would be no way for me to leave and go minister to them.
Another thing I do not want to do is be a stumbling block for a fellow brother. If I went to Applebees and have a couple of cocktails, I open the door to cause a brother who may be dealing with alcoholism to stumble.
“It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble” (Romans 14:21)
The apostle Paul writes in Romans 14:17 that “the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,”
I may be stepping on some toes. But, thats ok. In everything we do, we should honor Christ.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)