I Want To Stop Drinking

What was the #1 thing that people resolved to stop doing in their 2017 New Year’s resolutions?

 

#1- Stop Drinking.

 

After analyzing more than 100,000 Twitter posts that included some variant of the term “New Year’s Resolutions” Vocativ discovered that when it came to habits people wanted to stop, drinking came in at the top of the list. That tells me there are a lot of us who drink, who’d rather not be drinking, and have been unable to quit the habit. If quitting alcohol was really easy people would not be making New Year’s resolutions about it, instead, they would have just stopped and that would have been the end of the story. Far from being that easy, the real story is that kicking the drinking habit is a real issue for a vast number of us.

Forget about what the definitions are for “being an alcoholic” for a minute. May I just suggest that wanting to quit something and not being able to is a problem! It’s an indication that we have lost control in an area of our life.

“For a person is a slave of anything that controls him..” -2 Peter 2:9

 

If I have to make a New Year’s resolution to stop drinking then drinking is controlling me in some way and I know it!

 

Am I saying this just because I’m a Christian or because I believe that drinking is a sin? Not at all!

First, I don’t actually believe drinking in and of itself is a sin. The bible condemns drunkenness not merely having a drink.

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” -Ephesians 5:18

But since my blog is written from a Christian perspective I’d like to take a minute to talk about drinking and the trend toward acceptability I see among the Christian community when it comes to alcohol.

It used to be that in many churches drinking in any amount was universally condemned. That was, in my opinion, an unbiblical constraint that was wrongly put on people. Many saw through the legalism and went ahead and drank if they wanted to and did so with a clear conscience. Consequently, it’s become very common among many in the Church to not give drinking a second thought. Christians drink beer and wine and have mixed drinks, and though there is still a stigma attached to drinking in some Churches, for many Christians that restraint is gone.

Maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to give the green light to alcohol, however.

 

Just because drinking’s not wrong doesn’t mean it’s good for me!

 

Essentially, what the New Year’s Resolutions survey by Vocativ tells us is that a lot of people who drink don’t think it’s a good thing. It’s likely that most of the people who showed a desire to stop drinking probably didn’t realize that they were actually expressing a concept written about in the bible:

“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but I will not be mastered by anything. -1 Corinthians 6:12

These people have come to realize that though they may have the right to do something it may not be beneficial for them!

The trouble with drinking is that is sneaks up on you. One day you’re in control only to find that somewhere down the road you end up a slave to alcohol. When it comes to drinking we need to be very careful that we’re honest with ourselves.

God’s Word is very wise when it comes to this subject. It does not tell us to be prohibitionists by laying down a strict law or rule (although we are told to abstain from drunkenness). Rather, the bible brings us to a much higher standard to evaluate our behavior-

  1. Is what we’re doing beneficial?
  2. Has what we’re doing taken control of us?

May we answer those questions truthfully, and with God’s help, be able to say we have self control and are doing only the things that benefit us.