A comment I made on another blog about wine in the bible:
While I agree that drinking wine or alcohol is not actually prohibited in the bible – in fact Paul encouraged (a little) for health benefits – this was possibly due to the lack of safe drinking water and of course Jesus turned water into wine (it is an interesting thought though as to whether it was alcoholic or not – it is implied that it may have been as it tasted very good)
As a young christian in my teenage years it was very much “drilled” into me that a christian should not drink alcohol and so wanting to do thing right I never drank and now many years later to a degree I still have that belief, however now it is more for other reasons than just the alcohol itself.
I should also add that even though I come from a non believing family, alcohol was never a regular part of our family life (a pre-Christmas drinks and nibbles party for a select few family friends was about all I remember even though there was some in the drinks cabinet it was very rarely consumed)
My reasons now for abstaining (apart from loathing the smell of alcohol) have become more to do with many years of involvement with a Christian based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. For an addict – there can be no half measures in that an occasional one is OK – the only way for them is complete abstention. Therefore as a fellow believer it is unhelpful for them to see me or other Christians drinking alcohol (or using drugs???) saying “well I don’t have a problem with it, so I can have some but you can’t”
Paul discusses where people of “strong faith” are not restricted by these beliefs (eg unclean meat, wine etc) because they give thanks to God for it and are able to keep the required moderation (ie not get drunk).
Those of “weak faith” or new believers are then exposed to a stumbling block by another believer being inconsiderate.
I admit to feeling a little uncomfortable when I see pictures of Christian friends (especially some of the younger ones) with glasses of wine or beer having a good time. I wonder if non Christians see this and think “you are no different going out and getting drunk (they may not be getting drunk but that image is being implied by a cheery rise of the glass). We would be horrified if they were using drugs (smoking??) to my mind there is not a lot of difference.
So it’s more “not about me” but it’s about Jesus and being wise in considering your fellow believer or anyone else you may unwittingly influence while enjoying your freedom in Christ