Go Ghana! Sweet win over the Czechs. USA looks bad or Italy is that much better. Anyway, today’s thoughts are some reflections on the SBC Convention. I didn’t get to go, but watched some online and then read alot of the bloggers who were there. One of the most interesting things was this resolution on alcohol that they passed. Here’s the link to read the whole thing, resolution, but this is the main point of contention:
(the US just lost another player to a red card . . . now its 10 vs 9)
RESOLVED, That we urge that no one be elected to serve as a trustee or member of any entity or committee of the Southern Baptist Convention that is a user of alcoholic beverages.
So, there is alot of discussion going on about this. Last semester, Dr. Mohler and Dr. Moore did an hour long session on alcohol. You can listen to the whole thing here (at the bottom). Here is another link by a SBC pastor who is a trustee of the IMB and does occassionally drink about winning a soul to Christ over a glass of wine.
Anyway, much of the fuss is that this resolution and policy is unBiblical and actually, they are right. There is nothing in the Bible that says that we should not drink. Not one specific verse. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m gonna head out to the nearest bar and booze it up. As a pastor, aren’t we supposed to set an example for our church? The pastor sets an example in tithing, ministry participation, evangelism, missions, how he treats his wife and kids, etc. So yes, the Bible may not explicitly say that we should not drink, but come on guys. I’ve read about so many people who call this legalism and say that God created wine so by not drinking we are missing out. What a crock. We, as pastors and leaders, should want to remove this snare and temptation for the glory of God. This isn’t about do’s and dont’s, but about encouraging and raising up strong brothers and sisters in Christ for His Glory.
(GOOOOAAAAALLLL . . . doh stupid offsides)
Too many families have been torn apart because of alcoholism among other things and I don’t want to have answer to my Lord for someone falling into alcoholism because they saw me drinking. Same with overeating, pornography, not being a Godly husband, etc. So some may try and fight this battle but I won’t be one of them. I’ll just take my Coke and finish watching the soccer game.