The answer to the question posed in the title of this blog post is as follows: both.
I won’t spend thousands of words here defending the fact that, as a Christian, I enjoy a good craft beer or a martini now and then. There is a fantastic, succinct web page that does that already:
I will sum it up by saying that the Bible in no way condemns responsible alcohol use. In fact, it encourages it on several occasions. The Bible verses that warn about alcohol all warn about becoming a slave to it, having an addiction, and being drunk. Enjoying a delicious craft beer now and then fall under none of those headings.
This does NOT mean that everyone SHOULD drink alcohol. It’s just one of those situations in the Bible that calls for knowing the self. If you have a problem having a drink or two and then stopping, do not drink. If you are with someone who has a drinking problem, do not drink. But if you can enjoy a drink and not get drunk or become a slave to the alcohol, then by all means, enjoy it.
And no, if you happen to have a little too much by mistake, you are not immediately condemned to hell. Just work on being careful next time. Lord knows I’ve had my share of one-too-many’s (ah, youth), but as time has gone on, I have learned to enjoy the drink without aiming for intoxication. Heck, my goal is to do all for the Lord. I can’t do very well for Him if I can’t pronounce my own name, or if I’m hungover in the morning.
So make the decision for yourself. If you choose not to drink, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s admirable. But if you do choose to drink, learn responsibility.
In the meantime, you can check out my Instagram feed if you want to see some good (and not so good) craft beer I’ve tried recently. Feel free to recommend some!
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. Ecclesiastes 9:7
(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.) 1 Timothy 5:23
It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. Romans 14:21