What Does The Bible Say About Drinking?
I’ve long thought that those who turn their noses up at a good cocktail or glass of wine, while presenting themselves as pious do-gooders, don’t really know about what the Source of that piety in which they identify with so strongly says about the occasional partaking of a delicious libation. Before I go on, of course you should drink in moderation and make sure the Uber or Lyft app is readily available on your smartphone. Now, back to what I was saying…
Drinking is not bad. Being so hammered drunk you have suddenly become the night’s entertainment is. Don’t be that guy. I’ve been that guy. That guy sucks. However, if you’re gonna throw back a few while you’re hanging with your family or friends, take heart in the following 6 Bible verses – yes, Bible verses – that say drinking is something that’s perfectly acceptable in God’s eyes.
6 Bible Verses That Say Drinking is Okay
Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. – 1 Timothy 5:23
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. – Ecclesiastes 9:7
Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! – Proverbs 23:31
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
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. – Genesis 14:18
Okay, those were five solid Bible verses that say drinking wine (craft beer, vodka, gin, whiskey, etc) is perfectly copacetic with the Lord. This next verse, the first recorded miracle of Jesus, is the clincher:
When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. – John 2:3-11
You’re gonna get the people who will claim other verses of the Bible forbid drinking – they do not! Being drunk? Sure. That impairs sound judgment. However, we all get drunk sometimes so it’s not unforgivable. But, to those who will say drinking is the devil, point them to the verses above. Jesus turned water into wine. Wine! Let that marinate.