A Change of Attitude Regarding What is Right

July 26, 2016

A Change in Attitude Regarding What is Right

Some governments, and rightly so, spend a tremendous amount of money to stop the sale of illegal drugs. At the same time they permit the sale of something else that is equally devastating. That is the sale of alcoholic beverages. When I was a child bar tenders were the only ones who sold alcohol. Now it goes across the counter in grocery and convenience stores all over the country.

Rather than fight for laws to prohibit the sale of alcohol, it seems more logical to attempt to change people’s attitude regarding drinking it. At the same time, we need to change attitudes regarding illegal drugs.

Many are of the opinion that any and every special occasion must be celebrated with alcoholic beverages. That is an attitude that needs to be changed. Why use the occasion as an excuse for giving people something that is detrimental to them? It alters people’s minds to the point where they can’t think right or talk right. It isn’t safe for them to drive under its influence. It is detrimental to health. Are people so straitlaced that they can’t have a good time without their minds being altered?

For centuries Christians have been celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. without serving alcoholic beverages. Their celebrations are happy, festive occasions. Sometimes there may be an uproar of laughter and animated conversation. They have a rip roaring good time without consuming something that will alter their minds. Their reason for abstaining from alcohol is not because they are prudish or abstainers.

If one were to ask Christians why they don’t drink alcohol or serve it at their celebrations, after taking a little time to think, they would no doubt give two reasons. First of all they would say, “We have seen the damage that has been done by alcohol and we don’t want to put ourselves or others at risk.” Secondly they might say, “Because God says it is wrong.”

With just a minimum of observation, anyone can see the potential hazard of drinking alcohol. People who drink it are in danger of being addicted to it. It brings grief, loss, and heartache to many. Because if it, marriages and homes are broken, people are killed or left handicapped for life because of traffic accidents, and people lose their jobs and can no longer support their families.

Alcohol doesn’t contribute anything beneficial to our society. It is possible to live a happy, successful life without ever touching it. No one ever suffers because they abstain from it, but multitudes are suffering because they have given themselves to it.

It is with good reason that the Bible says, in Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Just plain common sense should tell you that it’s something you don’t need. If you have the proper attitude toward alcohol you will leave it alone.

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