For almost two hundred years, alcohol has been a source of controversy and dispute among believers. Particularly among Southern and Independent Baptists, absolute teetotalism has been the rule for much of that time. Even as the political abolition movement came and went, hardliners on the evils of alcohol steadfastly preached from their pulpits. Alcohol is evil, drinking is sinful, abstain!
Drunkenness is indeed the cause of much pain and suffering in this world. Abuse skyrockets, fatalities from drunk driving climb, and people waste their minds and lives, enslaved by a powerful drink. Yet here, as everywhere, we must pause and ask: is the problem with the substance or with those who abuse it? Most of all, we must be faithful to ask what God has said in His word about it, and seek to glorify Jesus Christ in the way we handle it.