Thursday, May 19, 2011
I still don't understand the whole "if someone sees me drinking it might cause them to sin" argument. Try and apply that same logic to any other issue, like materialism or eating food.
How many people are enslaved by materialism? How many of us worship our technology? This is a serious idol in our lives these day. What if I have a guy in my church who is enslaved by the need to always buy the newest and greatest new gadget everytime is comes out? What if he spends his money so poorly that he can't pay his rent but he sure has great tech gear?
Say we have this discussion and I pastorally counsel him amidst this idolatry. Should I refrain form answering a call on my iPhone in his presence?
We could create a scenario like this with any number of issues. Why don't we? It is just because alcohol has such a history of abuse in our culture? But couldn't we make a case for hundreds of other issues being abused as well? Why do we single out alcohol? Should we refrain from eating in the presence of people who abuse food and can't control their eating to the point where it's killing them?
I am not advocating for lack of sensitivity but it seems like there is a serious double standard going on. Am I missing something?