Many Christians associate alcohol with sin. In fact, the staunch ones can swear by their ten percent that the intoxicating liquid is the blood of devil and any pious Christian should never touch the cursed drink. But is this what the Bible says? Is the founder of Christianity in agreement with this proclamation that His children should not moisten their throats with this drink whose fans readily sacrifice their livers for its sake?
In the book of Matthew 11:18-19, Jesus says that, “For John came, neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He is possessed.’ The Son of Man came, eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ Yet wisdom has been proved right by her actions.”
From the above verse, the Son of Man clearly was not talking about drinking water. No, for him to be called a drunkard by the Pharisees Jesus must have been a regular boozer but he clearly ascended to heaven. After the last supper (where Jesus is seen drinking again), he says that He shall not drink wine again until day He drinks the new wine with his followers in God’s kingdom (Matthew 26:29). Throughout the bible, there are several instances where people consume alcohol without any form of condemnation. Only Nazarenes such as Samson and John the Baptists were not allowed to drink. It would have been disastrous for Samson to drink because his career demanded that he was to be sober enough to work on Philistines. History also proves that consumption of wine in Palestine was quite common and it is no surprise that many saints we know regularly consumed alcohol.
It is therefore hypocritical for people to associate the great hangover giver with sin. If Jesus were alive today, it is possible that he would take a glass or two of wine after his meals. Christians should discourage people from taking excess alcohol because of the side effects of the drink such as impaired judgment and health issues but not on religious grounds. Besides, I am very certain that God will not condemn people to burn in eternal fire for using the plants he created to derive a pleasant liquid. It is also important to know that I rarely drink what I preach.