Reflections on a private matter, turned public, at a suburban church
This is a difficult column to write… but it’s an issue that’s been so twisted by the media and the pop culture, it calls out for correction, so, as a moderate libertarian and imperfect Christian, I will give it a try.
Let’s begin with alcohol. Some will say that occasionally consuming any alcoholic beverage is a sin (I completely disagree with them). Others will say that consuming it regularly is a sin (I disagree with them too, as I find alcohol in moderation to be perfectly fine. A glass of wine or beer with dinner is usually healthy and tasty, as long as it doesn’t become addictive).
But here’s a point on which everyone will agree: getting falling-down drunk every night, blowing the family’s money on booze and endangering the public with drunk driving, is most definitely a sin. The reckless endangerment of others’ lives and livelihood, knowingly, intentionally, for your own fleeting pleasure, is the kind of hedonism recognized by everyone from MADD to our churches to our legal codes as a sin.
Worse still, imagine someone advocating such behavior.