So while driving home from dinner after church on Sunday, my son brings up a task that was presented in school last week. He said they were learning a song but had to change a word that they were told shouldn’t have been used. I asked if this was a Christian song. He said yes. I asked what word did they have to change. He said “wine”. I asked why? I was told that his teacher taught that because wine today is different from the wine mentioned in the bible that it was not any longer appropriate to use wine in the song.
I then had to explain to him the truth behind wine. I hate having to correct the teaching of a well meaning teacher but this has been symptomatic of our new breed of Christianity we have beheld in America. It’s a breed of Christianity rooted in fear…and laziness.
Wine was created by God. The fermentation process used to bring its strength is a result from the duplication of life itself. It has been used to celebrate many of the feasts, weddings, and ceremonies we read about in the bible. It is used as a medical remedy. Commanded actually by Paul’s charge to Timothy…a PASTOR no less. And while it may have been watered down to diluted strengths, it still contained enough alcohol to cause drunkenness. How do I know this? Because of all the warning NOT to get drunk! If it was so different that it couldn’t get you drunk, then there would be no need to warn against drunkenness.
So why the current deception? Why has the church at large trained its members to abstain? Because the Bible says so? There is not one verse commanding us not to drink of it, unless we have taken a special vow to abstain for a certain period of special dedication. I believe it is because of fear and laziness. We don’t know how to teach our children as they become adults to use God’s gift properly. We are too lazy to bother with the task. We fear, and thus display our lack of faith in the God who created alcohol. We go to great lengths to “connect the Scriptures” to “prove” our case, even at the cost of ripping those verses kicking and screaming out of there biblical context. We promote false guilt.
We have done this in other areas as well. There are a few generations just before the current one that have been told, “Sex…Bad.” Because of the church’s lack of leadership in training parents to instruct their children in the truth of sex according to the Bible, countless men and women have grown up thinking sex is “dirty”. Ironically, they’ve reproduced that same sentiment in their offspring. We have men and women today who have a very repressed outlook when it comes to sexuality. Guilt ridden. It is attitudes like this that gave us the “Sexual Revolution” of the 60’s and 70’s.
No, like most things in Scripture, there is a balance. A “not too much, not too little, and with the right heart, in the right way” approach. Before He was crucified, He took the cup…of wine…and He will not drink of it again until the day of celebration is at hand, the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, when we will share in the wine of His making. Wine that will be of the same caliber as Cana, if not better. And the pinnacle of intimacy will be realized when the Bride is face to face with her Groom. Sexual intimacy between a groom and his bride is a picture of that anticipated event.
But the American church stumbles on in fear and laziness. “Alcohol…Bad….Sex…bad”.