Dissipation and Drunkenness


Drinks! (Photo credit: Martin Cathrae)

‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, Luke 21:34

Sheesh. Buzz kill or what??

Especially at this time of year. What’s Christmas without a good party and a libation or two? What better way to forget the “worries of this life” for a few hours?

Those who want to make Christianity into a dour, joyless religion that sees nothing in humanity except its “sinfulness” like to point out comments like this one.

There is a difference between celebration and dissipation; between a drink and drunkenness. The first “miracle” that the Gospel writers attribute to Jesus was, after all, to bring the wine to the party.

The excerpt above from Luke is intended for that Second Coming that the Gospel writers were expecting any moment. But it applies to us and to our ability and willingness to see and to be part of the transformation of the world that embracing our agapé relationship with Theos can mean.

And I’ll drink to that any day.



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