20 Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
21 For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.
– Proverbs 23: 20-21 (NASB)
Even those that approve of alcohol will make sure to reiterate how important it is to enjoy it in moderation.
Yet the Bible also warns of excessive meat eating – it even goes as far as comparing it to heavy wine drinking in the Proverb above. Is there equal admonition about moderating our meat intake and our alcohol intake in today’s churches?
Which would be more frowned upon if you decided to partake in your church parking lot:
The Full Meaty from Burger King or a can of cheap beer?
As you can imagine, the former would probably not raise many eyebrows. The latter would. Let’s raise the steaks (I’m so sorry). How about if you ate four Full Meaty burgers in your parking lot and had a single can of cheap beer? The beer still seems more taboo.
How many burgers would it take before someone warned you against gluttony? Would that ever even happen unless you made a spectacle or had a heart attack?
Note: I am not suggesting that you actually try this at a church.
Also note: I am not suggesting that we Christians need to be more lenient about alcohol.
Final note: I am suggesting that we start heeding the full Proverb above. There is a reason meat gluttony is included. It’s time we stop ignoring that part.