How do you draw your line?
Had an interesting conversation with my friend a few days ago.
One of the topics that we discuss is drinking. When it comes to Christian living, we are told to not fall into drunkeness (Ephesians 5:18, Proverbs 23:20-21 etc.).
My friend noticed that I tend to exclude everything and then add exceptions. In the case of drinking, I would exclude all alcohol and then add the following exceptions:
- it's ok for me to have a glass or two of wine during dinner
- it's ok to have wine during a wedding
He, on the other hand, will be more open and add rules along the way. So for him, he will consider all drinking is permissable and then add rules like the following:
- it's NOT ok to drink when I am driving
- it's NOT ok to drink to the point where I pass out.
I tend to draw my line conservatively and slowly open up. He will do the opposite. I got a feeling our lines are very similair with each other.
..speaking of drinking and driving, a local mother got killed by a drunk driver while jogging earlier this month (read here). What a tragedy. The family had four young children. I didn't thought too much about it until I discuss with another friend. Afterwards, I realized that could be me that was ran over. Or worst, that could be me on the steering wheel.
To ensure that this will never happen, if I ever drive, I will not touch alochol. Not even one drop. It is so easily to try and justify that ..'hey the law say i can drink X % and I can handle myself with one or two beer'. I am sure that's the same mentality of a drunk driver.