I started drinking alcohol at just 12 years old and by 13 was already an alcoholic; (got drunk at every opportunity). Nothing good ever came from drinking for me, but for sure plenty of bad things occurred. As I progressed into my early twenties I began having blackouts. I would drink so much that I couldn’t remember what I’d done the night before.
The first blackout I had came from drinking moonshine whiskey. One cold night some friends and I were at a camp house and had built a roaring fire. We’d purchased some moonshine liquor from an old black man. That stuff was so strong that I was drunk soon after drinking it. As the evening continued I got sick and threw up on the fire which flamed up from the alcohol as though I had poured gas on it. The next day I didn’t remember anything and my friends had to fill me in on what had transpired the previous night.
I watched a biography account of Anthony Hopkins on television the other day, (the actor that played Hannibal in the Silence of the Lambs and sequel). It turns out that he was a severe alcoholic and at one point after a drinking binge woke up in Arizona, hundreds of miles from his home in Southern California, without any recollection of how he got there. That event convinced him to seek help at AA and he has been sober ever since.
Blackouts are scary. I encountered more than a few; sometimes waking up in jail in a filthy drunk tank with blood all over me, a splitting headache, various wounds, skinned up knuckles, and absolutely no recollection of what I’d done. Once I woke up in a closet in someone’s home and I had a pair of panties on my head. No one was there, I had no idea whose home it was, and to this day I have no idea how I got there, or what might have transpired the previous night. It took me two days to find my car which was finally located about thirty miles away in a parking lot next to a bar.
Unlike Anthony Hopkins I actually thought it was funny and I kept right on drinking, only quitting after I nearly died in a head-on collision due to drunk driving. It was only after receiving Jesus Christ as my Savior did I even consider that I needed to quit drinking.
The things people do when inebriated, or as a result of it can have crazy results. A construction worker who used to work for me told me that he and a friend were trying to sleep off a round of heavy drinking and an annoying rooster kept crowing out in his chicken pen located adjacent to his house making it difficult to sleep. He got up in his boxer shorts and bare feet, grabbed his shotgun, and walked outside in the freezing cold and shot the rooster. As he walked back through his house one of his buddies on the couch sleepily looked up at him and commented on his bizarre behavior by saying, “Thank you!” and passed back out.
It sounds humorous but excessive drinking can have devastating results (aside from the discomforts of hangovers and blackouts); car crashes, domestic abuse, liver disease, fights, and suicides to name a few.
The Bible tells us that we should do everything in moderation. Jesus drank wine moderately as did His disciples. The same holds true with eating. We can eat healthy or we can gorge like gluttons. We can spend within our limits, or we can go on buying sprees far beyond our budget and put ourselves into bankruptcy. We can buy a $2 lottery ticket, or we can spend our entire paycheck on one. We can take care of our kids needs, or we can spoil them rotten.
It should be noted that eating, drinking, buying fine things, giving one’s children nice things are not the problem.
It is when we deviate from moderation that sin is spawned and we become slaves to it.
Have a great weekend and remember that Honey Lake Church has an awesome worship service planned for this special second Sunday celebration with the gospel group Lifesong complete with a free covered dish meal afterwards. It begins at 11 a.m. – Bible study at 9:30 Be There!
1 Cor. 6:12
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.”
February 12, 2016 – Click here to listen