‘Why Don’t You Drink?’ #Alcohol

‘Why Don’t You Drink?’ #Alcohol

What is wrong is drinking too much and being drunk. Looking back, I should have returned the bottle of wine to the organizer of that event or give it to someone that is not addicted to wine
‘Why Don’t You Drink?’ #Alcohol

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This question has been asked from me a couple of time. I remember it again after my conversation with four young men today. They had just finished a party around 5am when I was going to jog. I told them Jesus loved them and on my way back I continued my witnessing.

One of them later asked, when is Jesus coming? I responded that I don’t know but that nobody knows when he/she will die. Another guy offered me wine and when I said I don’t drink; he said but Jesus turned water into wine. As I left them, I asked myself, if indeed Jesus turned water into wine, why don’t I drink? Is it because it is a sin to drink?

Although this is not the reason I don’t drink today, it was the reason I didn’t drink in the past. I grew up in a Christian environment where it was believed that drinking alcohol is a sin. I believed the same thing and so when I went out with colleagues, I would always request for non-alcoholic drinks.

This belief was so strong that when I was given a bottle of wine after speaking at a symposium in Montpellier, France in 2016, I opened it in the hotel room and poured it into a flush toilet. But today as I understand my Bible better, I realize no where in the Bible was drinking wine said to be a sin.

What is wrong is drinking too much and being drunk. Looking back, I should have returned the bottle of wine to the organizer of that event or give it to someone that is not addicted to wine.  So why don’t I drink today, the main reason is because I don’t need it. Instead I drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of Him.

Another reason is that drinking alcohol can be addictive. Researchers have found drinking alcohol causes the release of naturally occurring feel-good opioids known as endorphins in two key brain regions associated with reward processing leading to drinking too much. If you don’t drink, I have an activity for you. Share with me why you don’t drink.

“And don’t get drunk with wine, which is rebellion; instead be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit.” Scripture

Tosin 'Badeniyi, PhD

Tosin 'Badeniyi, PhD

Tosin ‘Badeniyi, a Professor at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science at Durban University of Technology, South Africa, holds a doctoral degree in Food Science from University of Pretoria South Africa. Since 2001, he has conducted research and lectured internationally in the area of food quality and safety. He is the editor of Food Science and Technology: Trends and Future Prospects and has published numerous scientific publications as well as four inspirational books.

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