It is fair to say that both total abstinence and moderate use were acceptable to Jesus.
Following the parable of the children at play (Matthew 11:16-19, NRSV), Jesus added these words: “For John [the Baptist] came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ ” Clearly, Jesus intended the parable to show what he thought of debates about eating and drinking. They were petty and distracting. They drew attention from the real issues facing the nation.
There is a heated debate that rages every year around holiday time. On the Christian Headlines blog there is an editorial response to Hugh Laurie’s discussion “Some Thoughts on Drinking in This Holiday Season”.
Tell us where you stand.
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