“Wine is a mocker, and strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”
Whether or not one should drink alcoholic beverages – at the end of the day – is a wisdom issue. It really isn’t sufficient (or biblical) to ask if it’s right or wrong to drink wine or some sort of ‘strong drink.’
If we are going to ask any one question regarding alcohol (which, given our cultural context, is necessary), we should at the very least ask:
Will drinking this lead me astray from following and obeying and loving and worshiping and attracting others to worship Jesus?
If the answer for any person in a particular context and situation is ‘yes,’ then wisdom says don’t do it.
If the answer is ‘no,’ then it doesn’t matter if it’s wine or sweet tea or Diet Dr. Pepper or a chocolate milkshake. If doing so allows you to stay focused on following the Lord and not be duped (‘a mocker’) nor the next UFC champion (‘a brawler’), then. . .
The Bible says that whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
The issue here is staying focused and determined on a passionate pursuit of the glory of God. Don’t make alcohol ‘THE’ issue. Make the issue in your life more of HIM! Wisdom says to do whatever it takes to maintain that focus while bringing as many as possible along with you. When you determine not to let ANYTHING lead you astray, ‘secondary issue’ decisions are much easier to make.
So, what do you need to do (or stop doing!) to ensure THAT is and remains the premiere issue in your life?