One thing that has made my heart soar is to watch how much alcoholic beverages our young people are consuming nowadays. The newer they are to the beverages, the more they seem to consume; the intention mainly to demonstrate to their colleagues just how much more they can consume.
At one time, coming from a business conference, a young man sitting across the aisle in the plane ordered a bottle of some alcoholic beverage from the air hostess; raised the bottle in a toast to his friends nearby and gulped down the contents before the hostess could even offer him a glass!
What made me sad was that this young man was shouting out a toast to friends who looked sober and were busy preoccupied on their phones to catch up on some news or messages. They also looked better dressed than him, and even healthier. He obviously was an educated guy, in order for him to have been part of the conference; but it was obvious that alcohol was stealing away every bit of decency he used to have.
I used to have a school teacher, who we as students knew to drink one too many during
A couple of days later, I read in the daily newspaper about a well known professor who had just passed away. I remembered the name as that of my old favorite school teacher! But what shook me, was the circumstances under which died. It had rained hard during that week, and the temperatures had dropped severely. The vagrant by vegetable market had crawled to his usual night place, the public toilet, but found it locked up due to some repairs on the drainage system. He had to endure the pouring rain and the cold temperatures all night. That, the booze in his body, the malnutrition, the loneliness and the fever that took its toll on him, was enough to destroy his life to the point of no return. How sad!
This man at one time had a family, a home, a profession, but how all that was traded for the dump site, is a story that can only be told by those who suffered and cautioned him about the dangers of alcohol abuse.
Remembering events nearer home, my cousin died in his early forties from liver cirrhosis. He was a very good man, loving and caring towards his family, with a successful career in his profession. But he drank one too many, too much and he left behind a very young wife and two small children.
Parents, we owe it to our children to live disciplined and exemplary lives. They watch us drink one too many, and when they are grown up they will drink six too many and head towards an early grave. One time I was watching some two small boys from my neighborhood playing. I caught up on their conversation, chatting amicably about their dads. One said, "But why does your father drink beer, when mine doesn't"? The other boy was quick to defend his dad, saying, "the beer my dad drinks is good, it does not make anyone drunk". Right there and then, I felt anger towards the father who was misleading his poor innocent boy, that alcohol was not intoxicating. That boy, when he grew up, would most probably drink himself into oblivion, all the time thinking he had his alcohol consumption under control!
Some Christians argue that the bible does not condemn alcoholism. But does it also condone something with such devastating consequences?
So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be sober. Night is the time for sleep and the time when people get drunk. But let us who live in the light think clearly, protected by the body armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. For God decided to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.
1 Thessalonians 5:6-9
You can also read the treacherous story of the daughters of Lot, who made their father drunk so they could take advantage of him in his drunken stupor and sleep with him. (Genesis 19:30-38). They wanted him to father their children; a detestable thing he would never have agreed to, had they attempted it while he was sober!
To this day, how many so-called acts of 'bravely' have you heard or read about, which are in reality acts of cowardice, that have been committed under the influence of alcohol?