Picture this out: A family gathering, let us say your grandparent’s golden wedding anniversary. You happen to sit together with your cousins and have a little chat in the living room. Big bottles of Redhorse beer are found on the table. Your cousins seem to be enjoying the chat while one is passing a shot of beer to each of your cousins. Then it happens that the shot of beer goes to you. It is your time to drink that beer. Because you had stopped from drinking beers and other forms of liquors, you will say “No, thank you.” Your cousin asks “Why?” You tell them “I don’t drink that stuff.” He answers back “Oh come on, are you kidding me? Just try one.” So, what are you going to do then?
I will still say no! That is final.
But why? I don’t want to sound rude to people who disagree with me but I just want to explain my side because a lot of people around me are curious as to what my reasons behind why I always refuse from drinking alcoholic beverages.
Okay. I drank San Miguel Beer, Beer na Beer, Gilbey’s Gin mixed with pomelo juice, Tanduay and the so called fermented coconut wine “Tuba” when I was on my early teen. I stopped from such drinking when I was 18 years old. The reason why I stopped is very personal, in the sense that it was a personal decision.
I’ve learned that saying yes to a drinker who is giving me a wine is not a sign of respect at all. Respect is a condition of being esteemed or honored, like I respect my parents because I honor them for loving me as their son. Saying yes to liquors is not honorable, like we know what will happen to our body if we drink it. Just by saying “No, thank you but I don’t drink that kind of thing” is okay. The drinker must acknowledge your disliking from such drinking if the drinker truly respects you. Because I don’t want to refuse the offer from a drinker is not a good reason for me to drink it. Learning to say no for good is something honorable for yourself. I was wrong when I drank the beer offered to me by my uncle because I don’t want him down.
I’ve also learned that my body is special, a miracle. From a single sperm cell and an egg cell, it formed into a whole new being named Macky who is able to think logically and who is able to build websites. It is indeed a miracle. Right? Being drunk is not something helpful to my body. If I am drunk, it is more likely the same that I am destroyed. And I hate that!
In the Bible, there is no scripture that tells us to stop from drinking these kind of beverages. In fact in verse 1 Timothy 5:23, it states there “Stop drinking only water. Take a little wine to help your stomach trouble and the other illnesses you always have.” Okay I have to emphasize it once more, little wine! And the purpose is healing and nothing else. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ” You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own. God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God.”
My decision to stop from drinking liquors has nothing to do with religion but it has to do with my faith. I stop because I don’t want to get drunk. I don’t want to get drunk because I don’t want to hurt my body. I don’t want to hurt my body because I don’t want to destroy the temple of the Holy Spirit. I don’t want to destroy the temple of the Holy Spirit because I don’t want God to get mad at me. I can make people not accept me for not drinking liquors but I can’t make God not accept me as His own son.
Well, drinking liquors is fine but what makes it dangerous is when you are drunk. If you want to please the Lord, you know the best choice to make.
“For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives for His power, and everything is for His glory.” – Romans 11:36
This is a fact. 9% of my usual time is spent to listening music. There are 24 hours in a day. If we do the math carefully, 24 hours times 0.09 is equal to 2.16 hours. This means I usually spend my two-hour time for music per day. Well, if that makes me a music lover, I admit that. lol
I believe that music is not all about the tones, rhythms, beats, pitches or whatever styles you have in order to make it sound good. I believe that music is something more beyond that. Music is something that not just pleases the listener’s ear but is something that also pleases what is inside. And more importantly, music is something that is created to glorify His name. I believe that and I didn’t say that you have to believe with me. cheese.
It’s quite believing when someone approached me. That someone told me that the song we sang in our Youth Jam made him to encounter our God. That someone is of course my friend. Yeah. At least until now I am happy thinking how the music in our Youth Jam helped him to communicate with the Lord. Music is so powerful that it helps us to break our hearts and to make connections to Him. Of course, we won’t limit ourselves on depending the right music for us to worship the Lord. God wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
I just hope that you get my point (I really don’t like to write long articles): as Christians, we should be careful in choosing the right music to listen. If you are gifted with such talent, use it to maximize His kingdom. Let us remind ourselves: For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives for His power, and everything is for His glory. The reason why we sing is because He is glorified.
Please read Psalm 8.
Psalm 8:4 Then I ask, ‘Why do You care about us humans? Why are You concerned for us weaklings?’
The pronoun “I” on the verse refers to David. He wrote Psalm 8 expressing his praise how wonderful the name of the Lord is. He said Let Your glory be seen in the heavens above. Thus, David has witnessed the goodness of the Lord.
What strikes me most is in Psalm 8:4, David asked the Lord in wonder, why do God still cares for us humans even if we are all unworthy and we are all sinners. David was simply curious and he wanted to know more about God.
Well, I agree with David. I wonder why God chose to send His only begotten son just to save us from death, when we don’t deserved the grace. For humans, no person would dare to give love unless someone will love the person back. Aren’t we? But it is so different with God, why the heck He cares for us when we don’t care anything about Him at all or that much. That always leaves me in wonder.
Until I sing this song from Casting Crowns Who Am I, I finally found the answers to the question. Mark Hall, the lead vocalist of Casting Crowns, also have similar questions like that from David. The lyrics of Who Am I…
Who Am I?
That the Lord of all the earth.
Would care to know my name?
Would care to feel my hurt.
Who Am I?
That the bright of morning star.
Would choose to light the way.
From my ever wandering heart.
Just like David and Mark Hall, I also have the same feeling. Why me, Lord? I am just a poor reflection. Why is it that You called me? But then, Casting Crowns helped me find the answer.
Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are.
And I did find the answer. It’s not about How could You love me but how could I love You. He does care for us even if we don’t care Him back because He is love. God is love. And we know that, the fact that He gave His only Son just for us. (John 3:16) And now, I reminded myself again, that God is love.
And that is so amazing.