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May 28, 2019, 10:04 AM

I Only Drink Socially (This has nothing to do with alcohol, and no, I don’t drink alcohol.)


Having worked in the medical field for about 15 years, I had to ask hundreds, if not thousands of people if they consumed alcohol. One of the more common responses was, “only socially.” Now, this is not a discussion or debate over alcohol. What it does point out is that there are things people do in a social setting that they wouldn’t do otherwise. When they are among a certain group, or if the situation arises that is conducive, they will have a drink or two. They aren’t necessarily heavy drinkers or alcoholics, it’s just something acceptable to the majority of society and it’s merely a part of their culture. Similarly, I have known people from the Middle Eastern part of the world that moved to the US but continue to live according to and celebrate some of the cultural customs they grew up with. Unfortunately, they get labeled as being Muslim or Islamic, when they are actually God-fearing, faithful followers of Christ. Though they appear one way because of the cultural aspects of their life, they are far different spiritually. The same type of thing could be said regarding some people who live in the “Bible Belt.” Though many folks living in this region have been exposed to the Gospel and partake in certain aspects of a “Christian” culture socially, they are far from being a Christian spiritually. It has become socially acceptable when someone is asked if they’re a Christian to respond, “Yes, I go to church”, or “Yes, I’m a Christian. I believe there is a God.” While these things are vital to being a Christian, they do NOT make you a Christian in of themselves. Churches in the “Bible Belt” are full of people who have embraced certain cultural/social aspects of religion but fall short of placing their faith in Christ alone. Hebrews 10:26-39 describes the difference between and outcomes for the “cultural Christians” who only follow Christ socially, and those that persevere to the end because of true and radical faith in Christ as Lord and Savior. Which side of Hebrews 10:39 are you on? "But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls."(ESV)

Robert


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