I will never forget the New Year’s Eve my dad walked in with a wine bottle.
The six of us – the kids – let out a cumulative gasp and gazed wide-eyed at the bottled demon sitting on the counter. For a Christian homeschooling family, the bottle represented everything we didn’t do.
There are many who view drinking as completely off limits. There are others who see it as a means of cultural evangelism. Drinking alcohol probably joins the list of Top Five Polarizing Topics within the church, somewhere between women in ministry, swearing, and homosexuality.
But this issue is simpler than you’d think. While Paul addressed our responsibility not to “cause another to stumble” in Romans 14, the Christian approach to alcohol goes deeper than our influence upon others. It comes down to an issue of Christian identity. It comes down to the gospel of grace.
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