October 27, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: Our Insatiable Appetite for Alcohol

It was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

(I encourage you to stop, reread that statement, and meditate on it for a good long time before you continue reading this column.)

What a truth Dr. King articulated! Like few other men in American history, Dr. King had an uncanny ability to both identify and focus like a laser on things that matter.

I believe that as Christians and Americans today, unlike Dr. King, we have lost sight of the things that matter and have become “Masters of the Minutia,” “Maintainers of the Mundane,” and “Bloviators of the Irrelevant.”

Sadly, regarding things that matter, our moral and theological voices have grown eerily silent and we are no longer having the positive effect on society we once had.

It has been rightfully said that, “What one generation allows in moderation, the next will allow in excess.” Oh, how true that statement is! And there is no better example of this today than society’s insatiable appetite for alcohol.

In my lifetime (And I realize that I’m a dinosaur walking, a relic of the past!) I have witnessed a time where you would have been hard-pressed to go into any local church and not see a copy of, “The Church Covenant” hanging on the wall.

Now, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a church that displays one. Why? Because it contains a line that says, “… We will abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage…” (It was later amended to include illegal drugs.)

In just a few short years we have come from a place where alcohol consumption was frowned upon by most, to the point where we want to setup the kegs on the town square, install as many spigots as possible, turn them wide open, and party hardy! And somehow in the process, tout this as being “family friendly” and “good for business!”

The mayor and city council, in the sleepy little town where I reside, Hogansville Georgia, have been asked by a beer brewery in LaGrange Georgia, to pass ordinances that would allow them to come, once a month, block off streets downtown, and have a beer festival.

And again, they assured everybody that it would be “family friendly!”

Listen, I have alcoholism in my family; I have had to deal with it, and I assure you there is nothing “family friendly” about it! They also tout that it will help revive the economy in downtown Hogansville.

Listen; there are very few viable businesses in downtown Hogansville now. And Hogansville has serious problems with a huge bond debt that is strangling them financially, and they literally have parts of buildings falling into the street! But somehow, having a monthly beer festival, where you bring sober people to downtown, let them drink alcohol for hours, and then allow them to drive home on our streets – is somehow going to cure the city’s problems? Come on! Let’s get real!

So, I guess you have figured out that I don’t want our mayor and city council to pass ordinances allowing this! Why? Because I have witnessed firsthand what alcohol does. And I hate it with a passion! And I hope that commonsense will prevail and the leadership and citizens of my little town will rise up and say: No! Not here!

Remember, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” And, “What one generation allows in moderation, the next will allow in excess.”

Brother Aaron

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: