To turn water into wine and what is common into what is holy, is indeed the glory of Christianity.
-Frederick W. Robertson
The first miracle of Jesus was turning water into wine, with a boatload of miracles to follow. The last place some of us picture Jesus at is a wedding hall serving wine. Apparently, he not only showed up but he might have dropped a few jaws and got a some sighs. What we forget so often is that God is not responsible for our abuses. Anything good or acceptable can be abused. Take food for instance, it would be foolish to argue that since gluttony is sin—and a problem for some people—all the rest of us shouldn’t eat at all.
Lack of self-control is something I am aquainted with, so I am qualified to talk about this topic (for once I’m talking about something I know something about). I have self-control issues myself, and that’s being nice. Many of them too. And I know better than to participate in activities in which I am not prepared to demonstrate self-control. But I still cross those lines. There have been times in my life that I have golfed much too often, and at the expense of others. Golf is fine and dandy, but the overdose of anything causes problems.
Moderation is better than muscle,
self-control better than political power.
(Proverbs 16:32, The Message Bible)
Seems to me the term moderation is non-existent in many of our vocabularies. Moderation is God’s way. Abuse is our way. So we settle for abstinence instead of practicing some self-control. Just because there are some of us who cannot handle this or that, doesn’t mean that the rest of us should have to lock ourselves up in a cave.
If you can’t go to the lake without lusting after every other woman in a bikini who isn’t your wife we will respect and appreciate your going instead to the movies—but please don’t ask or expect the rest of us to boycott the beach.