Rev. Mark H. Creech on Abstaining from Alcohol and Hypocrisy Among Christians

I am a registered lobbyist for the Christian Action League in the North Carolina General Assembly. The following thoughts stem from an experience I had this year in that role:

During the recess of an NC House Alcoholic Beverage Control committee meeting this year, I overheard a lawmaker snidely say to another, “These Baptists and religious fanatics who rail against the perils of alcohol, I see these hypocrites in the liquor store. I see them buying their beer and wine at the grocery stores,” to which he and the other person snickered while glancing back at me.

It would have been imprudent and impolite for me to have interjected myself into their conversation, although I think it was meant for my ears. Nonetheless, I thought to myself, “Ah yes, there are plenty of holy-rollers like that, who hypocritically say one thing and then do another. Still, I can’t count the number of liquor-loving, beer suds-supporting, wine-sippers, who sanctimoniously tout drinking responsibly that I’ve seen drunk and making a fool of themselves. Hypocrisy runs both ways.”

Moreover, I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who drinks that can honestly tell me they’ve never been inebriated, which according to the Bible, is a grave sin.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Rev. Mark H. Creech