He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate—bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts. – Psalm 104:14-15 (NIV)
A few days ago I happened to read a story about a Bible study that is held in a sports bar. It’s not that uncommon these days:
Assemblages like Jesus + Beer are part of a national trend of groups combining Bible study with elbow-bending. Sometimes, it’s just easier to talk religion over a beer, one pastor said. It’s also an idea that goes back to Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation.
Read the entire article HERE.
I’ve probably participated in several discussions about religion, politics, and current events over a beer or two, but it was not a church-sponsored Bible study. There’s nothing wrong with Bible study over a beer – and I think it’s good that it is becoming more common.
I imagine there are some churches that will forbid or discourage their members from doing this, no matter what. They believe any alcohol is wrong or maybe even a sin. I don’t exactly see it that way. Maybe there would be more participation in small groups if they had a beer, wine and barbecue night once a month…
Those who are against it are probably the same people who are a little ashamed if you see them in a grocery store packing around a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer. Many years ago I headed to the store to pick up some things and decided to buy a six-pack of beer. I ran into a friend from my church near the alcohol section (before I grabbed my six-pack). He was carrying a bottle of wine. For some reason, this older gentlemen quickly informed me that it was for his wife. I said, “Cool.” I laughed about it later. It’s probably a generational thing.
My number one rule is don’t become too drunk to drive. Always plan ahead when alcohol is being served and bring a designated driver.
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. – Ephesians 5:18