“You have one person who never drinks wine at the command of God (John the Baptist) and someone else who does (Jesus) and there’s no sin in that what-so-ever. And this describes some of the church doesn’t it? Some of you have a conviction, you won’t touch the stuff and good for you but don’t put that piety on someone else and though that’s piety for them…”
“Don’t make it a rule for everybody if it’s a rule for you.”
Ok, before I say anything I know this is one of those “I hope you’re being the kind of person you’re posting about” types of posts. I have dished out some piety in my day. This Paul (very much like “THE” Paul) is guilty of doing all the wrong things.
The point of Pastor Mike’s video on YouTube titled “the Bible Changed My Mind about Alcohol” isn’t about piety and judgement but that’s the message that struck me most from it. Fortunately I don’t struggle with alcohol – I almost entirely avoid it. It’s been a long time since I’ve had any because…well…it’s not a problem for me to not have any. I don’t see it adding anything to my walk, my family, or my personal life so I just don’t partake. If we wanted to talk about addictive substances I do struggle with this would be a post of coffee and sugar and 90’s music. I’ve had my days of noticeable piety because I used to be a vegan. A Christian vegan. 😳 If that’s not a recipe for exponential piety I don’t know what is. I’m sure there are things I’m pious about now that don’t need to be put on other people and that’s my prayer – to discover what those things are. I’m going to work on strengthening my reasons and letting people know if they ask but not necessarily asserting them where they’re not welcome.
Anyway – just trying to become less. God bless you friends. 🙌