A Parable For Those Who Defend The Drinking Of Alcohol

 

*This is an excerpt written by Bob Bixby a link to the entire article is found at the bottom of this note…

I urge people to abstain because I think drinking alcohol is stupid…

Even if it could be argued that there is no biblical case for abstinence (as some do), I think an argument in favor of common sense is legitimate, even for preachers. Let me use the same kind of argumentation my friends use to protect their right to drink for my right to do my devotional Bible reading in the middle of the street.

My Christian Liberty Allows Me to Be an In-the-Street Bible Reader

I resent you legalists that tell me otherwise. There is no airtight theological and exegetical argument that prohibits me from sitting out in the middle of the street to read my Bible. It is my right and frankly I get a little irritated by people who get worked up about my middle-of-the-street Bible reading. You have yet to give me solid exegetical evidence, and your claim that streets with automobiles just aren’t the same as they were in Bible days just doesn’t cut it. Besides, I have one good Bible verse which seems to support my right to have devotions in the middle of the street: “Watch and pray.”

You state your case well, but my arguments are just too good. Here’s why I think you fundy people ought to quit talking about how bad it is to have devotions in the middle of the street. I have ten solid arguments:

1. Christian liberty, Everybody! Helloooo! This trumps everything for anyone that knows anything about the Bible (as you obviously don’t), but I will persevere for the sake of edification.

2. The best concordances of the Bible do not show one single entry for “Middle-of-Street-Bible-Reading.”

3. Christian liberty. You poor people have been so conditioned to think that reading one’s Bible in the street is sin. Come on! It’s getting hit by a car that’s the bad thing, folks! If there is not a verse against getting hit by cars in the Bible, we all agree that suicide is strictly forbidden. Let’s confront that. But — please — refrain from telling me or anyone who wants to street read that we cannot read our Bibles in the middle of the street.

4. Granted, it could be dangerous, but I am quick on my feet. If a car comes I can spring off to the side. This actually enhances my spiritual life. The narrow escapes are always fresh reminders of the grace of God that has given me such quickness. Those of you who read your Bibles in the safety of your legalistic living rooms will never know the rush of pure, unadulterated, spontaneous worship and thanksgiving that fills my soul as I lay panting on the ground breathing in the fresh aroma of burnt rubber, having just rolled out the way of a speeding Jeep. Thanksgiving is never purer or more sincere.

5. I appreciate your concern for the weaker brother. I realize that others are not as nimble as I, so I am careful not to bring my paraplegic friend out on the street with me for Bible reading. And people who have been run over tend to be a little bit paranoid out there. I understand. But I personally do not think that I abuse my liberties by hurting the weaker brother. In fact, I think YOU are the weaker brothers because you can’t concentrate on Leviticus while cars are coming at you. Get some maturity, folks!

6. Christian liberty. You folks exasperate me. Bible –guided rationale, common sense, logic, experience, and the irrefutable documentation that speeding cars running over humans kill humans 9 times out of 10 are all arguments which fall like a house of cards before the Doctrine of Christian Liberty.

7. Soul-winning. It opens up a door of utterance to jaywalkers. It’s a crying shame that fundamentalists have been so legalistic about reading the Bible in the street that they have missed a golden opportunity to meet jaywalkers. Jaywalkers need to get saved too, you know.

8. CHRISTIAN LIBERTY!

9. Now, I don’t want you to think I’m a libertine who has not thought through the ramifications of my liberty. For example, I share your concern for suicidal people. You are absolutely right that people with suicidal tendencies should not have their devotions in the middle of the street, no matter what devotional plan they are using. They simply cannot resist the temptation to just stay there and get smashed when the delivery truck comes roaring at them. I, however, am not suicidal so I can sit in the middle of the street whenever I wish. Can’t you people understand Christian liberty and grace? My God-given urge to save myself from being smeared all over the highway compels me to scram for safety when the Peterbilt comes careening toward me. (I don’t mean to boast. That adrenaline-fueled surge of panic is ALL OF GOD. I do not deserve it whatsoever. I truly am what I am by the grace of God. I must not take credit for my self-preserving scram).

10. Sigh. Christian liberty.

And thus many young Christians want to argue in defense of their right to drink a beverage that has killed millions and held countless others in disgrace and indignity. I don’t need an airtight Biblical argument. If chocolate sundaes had such a damnable effect on society as alcohol has, I would never eat one again. And I KNOW the Bible has nothing to say about chocolate sundaes.

The full article is found at:

http://weblog.wordcentered.org/archives/2006/03/18/drinking_beer_and_my_right_to_read_the_bible_in_the_middle_of_the_street.php

"Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." -Proverbs 20:1“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” -Proverbs 20:1