|To be honest, alcohol is pretty complicated even without the added aspect of faith. On the one hand, a nice glass of wine with dinner. On the other – alcoholism. The one, an ordinary, unremarkable, pleasant part of daily life. The other, a destroyer of lives. It’s a challenge we live with all the time – we all know that alcoholism is brutal but it’s not a problem for all of us, so we learn to look away.
And that complexity is particularly challenging in the context of the Christian faith. Because there’s no getting away from it – alcohol is at the heart of our faith, literally part of the centrepiece of Christian worship. When we gather on a Sunday to give praise and thanksgiving to the God who creates, loves and sustains us, we do so with wine. When we remember, in holiness and awe, Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection, we do it with wine. And we do it because Jesus commanded us to – “Drink this, all of you”, he said. “Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me”. Read more