Let’s get it clear from the start.  Christians can drink alcohol.  There are boundaries (be of legal age, don’t get drunk, and don’t get someone else drunk), but ultimately we are free to drink.  Alcohol was given to us by God to enjoy, but I think more importantly to spread the gospel.

There are those out there that will say that we should not use our freedom in Christ to drink (there are times that we should put aside our freedom, but I’ll talk about that in a future post).  They will use lame excuses like how our kids will become drug addicts.  They will say that drinking alcohol no matter what is a sin and those that do drink alcohol should question their salvation.

But I was reading through Galations this week and I came across some really profound verses that helped me to understand the connection between our freedom to drink a nice cold one and the gospel even more.

Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. – Gal 2:4-5

It is clear that in these verses that Paul makes a direct connection between our freedoms and the gospel.  Whoever these guys were that sneaked into the church, were trying to take away the freedoms of the believers.  They were trying to take away what God had given them as freedom in Christ.

Paul’s reaction wasn’t, “well we have to help these weaker brother’s in Christ, so we’ll give up our freedoms.”  His reaction was to not even yield for a moment.  He held high the banner of his freedom in Christ in the face of his opponents.

What was even better is the fact that he didn’t do this for his own selfish gain.  He did it so the gospel would preserved for those that were around him.  He wanted the Galatians to see that Christ came to set us free. That in Christ we don’t have to be in slavery to the things of this world.   That Christ came so we could have the freedom to worship Him with every aspect of our lives.  That we don’t gain salvation through rituals or good works but through Christ alone.

So my charge to you fellow beer drinkers is the same as Paul’s:

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. – Gal 5:1

Go therefore have a drink and spread the good news.  Tell them Jesus sent you.