"A plan to sneak actual Wine instead of Grape Juice into the communion cups at a number of key Southern Baptist Churches was thwarted earlier today."
If you haven't read it yet, it's short, and it's funny.
I read quite a few of the discussions about this after the SBC convention this year. Conversations about Christians and drinking are always interesting.
Along the lines of Romans 14, I think it's important to allow individuals to address this issue according to their own conscience and convictions. I don't believe it's right to impose our liberality or our legalism on someone else.
When our kids were little, my husband and I were essentially tee-totallers, not necessarily in belief, but in practice. When we had kids under the age of 5, drinking alcohol wasn't very high in our priorities.
Little kids can become judgmental about things that are foreign to them. They seem to have this innate idea that things that are different from what they've experienced are wrong. Like many moms, I have been embarassed in public by my 4-old pointing out with a loud, condemning voice "that man is SMOKING!"
As our kids got older, we realized that alcohol seemed taboo to them because they weren't ever around it. If my husband and I had a glass of wine occasionally, it was usually at an event that didn't include children.
We didn't want them to see alcohol as forbidden. We wanted to teach them the moderate place for alcohol in the life of a Christian. So we decided that we needed to be more intentional about having alcohol in our home.
Because my husband and I both grew up where drinking was equated with partying, we wanted something different for our kids.
We didn't want them to associate drinking with rebellion, bars, hooking up, and hangovers.
We wanted them to associate moderately drinking alcohol with fellowship, friendship, celebration, sharing meals together, home, and family.
That was quite a few years ago. We hope that over the years they have learned that drinking isn't really that important to us, but it also isn't taboo.
I also hope that they have learned to be sensitive to those who believe differently about this issue.
As always, I love to hear your comments.