I know, it's way past New Year's, but that's when I started writing this post . . . I'm just now getting around to finishing it.
Well, off the heels of our annual New Year's Eve Watchnight service I'm reminded of a little controversy that always arises with regards to the drink of choice to represent the blood of Christ during communion. Oh, and also when we discuss Jesus' miracle célèbre, turning the water into, yes, wine. It's just that in our version he turned the water into Welch's.
I've always wondered what was up with that. Pentecostals, on average, suffer from what I'd like to call "wine denial."
C'mon. Wine was in the Bible. Wine, as in, a drink with alcoholic content. Seriously, Noah didn't get plastered from drinking some measly grape juice.
Disclaimer (you knew it was coming)
Does the Bible caution against excess? Indeed. Doesn't Proverbs say that "wine is a mocker"? Sure. I'm not saying let's par-TAY because Paul told Timothy to drink a little wine for his indigestion. But it's ridiculous to act like "good" people in the Bible never drank anything more than ancient Welch's at celebrations (or for an upset stomach).
I don't drink because of the atmosphere and connotations that usually go along with it. I was a Resident Assistant at a gigantic state university known for being a party school, and I was forever confiscating beer and liquor from underage freshmen. I knew 18-year-olds who went into rehab. That's also ridiculous. But I think it's hilarious that we like to redact scripture to make us feel comfortable because drinking alcohol isn't acceptable in our church culture.