What Jesus Really Taught About … Drinking
In the late 1800s alcohol began to take the blame for no end of social ills. Overcrowded prisons, swelling poorhouses, rising crime, widespread corruption, and general poor health were all laid at alcohol’s feet. In 1869 Welch began selling Dr. Welch’s Unfermented Wine for communion services. Shortly thereafter, the church jumped on the anti-alcohol bandwagon and leveraged its, then considerable, weight to push the 18th Amendment, Prohibition, through congress. The church also joined culture in vilifying alcohol consumption, suggesting that the Bible prohibited Christians from drinking. Even though Prohibition was repealed in 1933, Christian Prohibition continued to be the norm for many. Since then, there has been a lot of misinformation disseminated about what the Bible says about drinking. This week’s Conversation will explore what Jesus really said about drinking.