I don’t know exactly how to say this…I’m getting tired of the smug looks, the condescending tones, the holier-than-thou words, and the Bible gymnastics I get when people tell me about their convictions. This is mostly when someone tells me that they feel convicted to not drink alcohol. Let me clear the air right now…if you are convicted by the Holy Spirit to not drink, I am TOTALLY cool with that. I have several friends that don’t drink and everything is cool.
What I have a problem with is when someone tells me their conviction and then proceeds to make me feel like less of a Christian because I do drink. They have determined that in their cultural setting or because of their family background they’re not going to drink. Which is awesome. I’m glad they have taken the time to think it through. But then they proceed to treat me like an evil sinner because I enjoy a few cold ones every now and then.
I’m not tired because someone is judging me. I have some pretty thick skin. You have to if you’re going to have a beer blog for Christians. What I’m tired of is people finding their identity in their conviction (or freedom).
Here is the reality. We are both evil sinners. Neither one of us is holier than the other. I’m not holier because I have found the freedom to drink. You are not holier because you have the conviction not to drink. The only reason both of us aren’t going to hell right now is because of the grace of God we have received through Jesus Christ. That is what we should rest our identity on…not whether we drink or don’t drink.
So lets all take a moment to check the pride at the door and get over ourselves. I’ll drink a beer to the glory of God, and you drink a soda to the glory of God. What’s important that our identity isn’t found in our conviction or freedom but in Jesus.--------------------