“It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine. Rulers should not crave alcohol. For if they drink, they may forget the law and not give justice to the oppressed. Alcohol is for the dying and wine is for those in bitter distress. Let them drink to forget their poverty and remember their troubles no more.” Proverbs 31: 4-7 -NLT
Can you truly give God your best while intoxicated or under the influence? The Bible talks about the importance of having a sober mind several times throughout the chapters. The Word provides insight in regards to what God thinks about drinking. REFRESH was able to speak with Will Banks, 33, of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, who shared his thoughts on drinking. He shared that in college he used to be quite the social drinker and reported that drinking is often a norm in Greek life. He stated, “I would drink because of other people. I was influenced by my peers.” He went on to say that he no longer drinks socially, saying, “I decided to stop drinking when I got drunk one time and started hallucinating.” For him, that experience was frightening and in closing stated, “Drinking is the worst thing; it has a nasty taste and leaves you with a bad headache. The best thing about it is you get a buzz.” He now prefers praying over drinking.
The verses in Proverbs above allow us to reframe the world’s perspective of drinking. From social drinking to dependency, it’s important to evaluate the role drinking plays in people’s lives and the path it can lead one down. Often, in society and in media, people are seen drinking and even using drugs as coping mechanisms. It is important to note the health risks and possible negative consequences associated with excessive drinking. Additionally, research has proven that drinking can cause liver damage. The world supports drinking, both in times of sorrow and celebration. If the first response is always to grab a drink, are problems truly getting solved? Are people really present in their moments and able to fully enjoy their experiences? Could this be how people become dependent and addicted to alcohol?
The Bible states that people are to be fully dependent upon God and that He is all that everyone needs. Consider being seen as a King or Queen of God. Understand that Kings and Queens are called to a higher standard. Could it be that God created that standard and does not encourage drinking in excess for the protection of people? Could it be that God wants to develop men and women into Kings and Queens? Maybe God encourages a sober mind so that people can clearly hear from Him as He is working on developing great men and women. In a sense, the scripture above implies that drinking is for those who don’t have God and it may affect Godly character. Remember, the Word says that God is everything people need, so it would only make sense to run to God first. Consider making your first response of prayer to God, whether that be for comfort in times of trouble or to thank Him for all of the good He has done. A positive response will cause more positive results in one’s life.