Yes. I'm a Christian Who Drinks

I know that there are a lot of different views on this.  Each different religion seems to have their own "rules." I remember when I first started blogging and there were a lot of hops where people just hopped and visited and read posts and became friends, there was a girl who posted that she didn't know how people could be Christians and drink.   She just didn't think that there was any place for it.  

I went on to tell her that my stepmom is one of the most active Christians I know.  She visits people in the hospital, volunteered at the church's thrift store when it was open, takes communion to shut-ins, teaches Sunday school classes, was on the board at the church, almost never missed a Sunday in church, and the list goes on.  And she drinks.  So, does the fact that she drinks negate all of the good things that she does?  Definitely not.  Does the fact that she drinks take away from the fact that she believes that Jesus died for her sins?  Nope.

The pastor that officiated my sister's wedding had six beers at the wedding rehearsal dinner before dinner was even served.  Does that make him a bad person?  No.  Does it change the fact that he believes that Jesus died for his sins?  No it does not.

We all have our issues.  I always love that saying,
"Don't judge me because I sin differently than you."

There is not one person on this earth who doesn't sin.

Does that mean that I shouldn't try to be a better person?  Of course not!  I think we all should constantly strive to grow closer to God and to improve ourselves (not to impress God. we can't.  we can't earn our way into heaven.  that's not my point.)  But, as a result of having God's grace, why wouldn't we want to try to be better?

I know at some point, I might stop drinking.  Or, I might not.  I know that I need to look to God to help me be stronger.  I know that when I'm stressed out or want to have fun with my friends, I should look to God and not to that glass of wine or beer.  That yummy craft beer or that yummy fruity wine.
But, I'm not there yet.  That doesn't mean I won't ever be there.

For now, that's why I need a savior. I sin every second of every minute of every day.  I'm incapable not to.  God loves me anyway and he knows my heart.  I'm thankful that he let his own son die on the cross for my sins and for the sins of every person in the world.  Every person. 
I'm not trying to alienate anyone. Just trying to tell you that I'm human.

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  1. To each their own! It seems that people spend too much time judging others instead of tending to their own lives...


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