Giles Needs to Learn to Deal Correctly With It

by Pastor Lee Hemen
August 26, 2008

Contrary to the extremely idiotic advice from people like Doug Giles on TownHall.com, in his article Jesus, Beer, and Your College Kid, where he is “in favor of the legal drinking age being dropped from 21 to 18,” the real truth of lives lived on the edge of morality are infecting Christianity in a drastic way that is absolutely horrendous. He never addresses the issue of high school students who are aged 18 and the impact this would have on this age group whereby it would give many a free way into getting even more underage booze. Christians are not discovering the “real” Jesus through this kind of liberal theology that allows everything to be permissible as long as one does not “abuse” their Christian “liberty.” He is an idiot. Deal with it. He makes a list of “killjoy” things supposed legalists have erroneously done by relating:

“No doubt some of you legalistic 21st century killjoy Pharisees have problems with a Christian drinking alcohol. How do I know? Well, it is because Christianity as of late has been chopped down by the likes of you to these six things, namely:

1. Not watching or reading anything with the name Harry Potter on it

2. Not going to R-rated movies

3. Not smoking cigarettes, a cigar, or a pipe (there goes C. S. Lewis and Charles Spurgeon)

4. Not listening to rock music

5. Not watching CNN or MSNBC (this doesn’t send you to hell, just makes you dumb as hell)

6. Not drinking alcohol
Yep, somehow the greatest story ever told has been reduced to some goofy self-righteous denomination’s list of do’s and don’ts.”

It is the same sad mantra of those who at one time felt oppressed by their parents telling them “no.” (Giles must have struggled with this as a child.) He forgets that believers were admonished to be drunk on the Spirit and not booze. Using wine for medicinal purposes is not a reason to go out and drink anytime a Christian wants to. He then sadly goes for the tired argument of fat preachers who cannot control their diet as a means to justify his ungodly stance. While he is correct, he actually makes the argument for never drinking for the Christian. Why? Simply because of the problems it produces in our society: Out of wedlock births, date rape, alcoholism, abuse, deaths, and divorce to just list a few. He desperately tries to relate that before Jesus turned the water into wine that people had already “swilled down the initial 12 mondo jugs of the stuff.” The problem is that this is not mentioned in the Bible at all. All it states is that they had run out of good wine. Not the amount drunk beforehand, nor in fact the amount drank after the miracle! This was not some booze swilling frat party as Giles wants us to believe whereby the folks “floated the keg.” Deal with it. In fact, nowhere in Scripture does it condone such behavior. Wine making the heart merry, is a depiction of what it can do for a depressed person or for a celebration and how God provides wine for this purpose. The problem is that in our day and age, drinking is not seen this way. In fact, you cannot date, have fun, or have a party without booze and getting smashed in the process. And contrary to Giles’ convoluted view that those who abstain from drinking alcohol have the kids that get “the most hammered during spring break because booze has been the forbidden apple all their life,” just does not bear up under statistics or studies done on the subject. Deal with it. And no matter how he wants to mix it, alcohol during biblical times that the Jews drank was not the “buzz-generating knock back just like the stuff we drink today.” It was impossible for it to be simply because of sterilization processes and the way we can increase the alcoholic content in wine far greater now than back then. They did not concern themselves with what to drink with the fish: Red, white, or Bordeaux? Plus, I find it absolutely hypocritically hilarious when he tries to justify his smoking of cigars! Tobacco of course is not mentioned in the Bible and do you honestly think sucking in carcinogenic smoke into one’s body, that is supposed to be the holy temple of God, makes one more of a godly person? Yes, I can see Jesus right now leaning back, puffing on a corona, after the Last Supper. Even Spurgeon quit his stogies after learning it was a poor witness.

“Y’know, I hate to bring the Bible into this, but…” Scripture does say that Christians are to be holy and that not everything is beneficial even though it may be permissible in life. And this brings me to my final point. Recently Barna released a study that shows how young adults and liberal Christians are struggling more than ever with morality. The reason? Poor theology like that expressed by Giles. “One of the most stunning outcomes from the Barna survey was the moral pattern among adults under 25. The younger generation was more than twice as likely as all other adults to engage in behaviors considered morally inappropriate by traditional standards.” These folks found no problem with cussing, gambling, drinking, lying, pornography, retaliation, promiscuous behavior or marital infidelity. Barna found that “Examining people’s faith perspectives revealed that (conservative) evangelicals were the group most likely to follow traditional morality. In fact,  according to George Barna, who directed the survey, the results reflect a significant shift in American life:

“‘We are witnessing the development and acceptance of a new moral code in America,” Barna related. “Mosaics (ages 18-25) have had little exposure to traditional moral teaching and limited accountability for such behavior. The moral code began to disintegrate when the generation before them – the Baby Busters – pushed the limits that had been challenged by their parents – the Baby Boomers. The result is that without much fanfare or visible leadership, the U.S. has created a moral system based on convenience, feelings, and selfishness.” Like that which Giles depicts.

“The consistent deterioration of the Bible as the source of moral truth has led to a nation where people have become independent judges of right and wrong, basing their choices on feelings and circumstances. It is not likely that America will return to a more traditional moral code until the nation experiences significant pain from its moral choices.” Just like Giles expresses in his convoluted worldy reaosning.

Lowering the drinking age to 18 does not help in these kinds of choices. Rather, would it not be more prudent to raise the age for those who can vote or serve in the military instead where more mature decisions can be made by young people who have reached a greater assessment of life? Giles’ rhetoric make little theological or Christological sense in a day and age where we see Christianity reduced to an anything goes as long as does not offend one’s personal idea of morailty. I thought Christians were to live such holy lives in every area of life that even unbelievers would give God praise on the day Jesus returns?

NOTE: This article is copyrighted by Pastor Lee Hemen © 2008 and the property of Pastor Lee Hemen. You are welcome to copy it, email it, or use it but please if you copy it, email it, or use it you must do so in its entirety.

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