“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”
― Benjamin Franklin
“Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.”
― G.K. Chesterton
I hope I didn’t just lose you.
We are partying people. We celebrate life a lot. We are not necessarily “commercial” holiday people. We aren’t always looking to participate, but rather we are looking for what to celebrate. We just like to invite people into our lives, enjoy their stories, and share ours.
And alcohol helps. It just does.
Can you enjoy life without? Of course.
Are there some that abuse it? Absolutely.
I’m not going to act like this is a necessity to life. I will, however, claim that it’s a part of ours, and I think God is okay with that. It is something that we share with guests in our home around conversations, watching football games, and hanging out by the fire pit.
Some of the richest, and most honest, conversations have occurred over a bottle of pinot or merlot. Why would I assume that the connection isn’t there? Why would I deny the relationship between wine and festivals in Scripture.
It’s a gift from God for us to enjoy and not abuse. Like sex and other “vices”, the absence in seeking to understand how God is in the drink, or the lack of a theology, simply invites corruption and manipulation.
So as I give thanks and drink from the cup (which was wine when Jesus did it), I find Holiness in that Cup.
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.