Rebellion in Moderation

Any time you attempt to speak against sin you run the risk of sounding like the old curmudgeon who stopped going out-doors unless it was to yell at the kids who’s Frisbee tragically made it’s way into his lawn. It is a risk worth taking though, especially when the sin is so blatantly harmful.

Under age drinking is nothing new in our society, but I don’t think it’s getting any better especially here in our little corner of the pale blue dot. As Christians we should have a unified stance when it comes to this issue. Yet, like most things, it’s not that we can’t agree with what’s wrong with the world, we just have a hard time agreeing on how to make it right.

I want to start off by saying that this isn’t a rail against alcohol, I have a fondness for particular beers (Fat tire, Goose Island, Florida Lager). And this is not a rant against adults drinking, although it seems like the one thing not used in moderation is the saying “everything in moderation.” The sin that our community needs to repent of is providing more expedient ways for our youth to rebel against the Word of God.

I’m not talking about when the family gets together for communion and observes the tradition rightly with wine and unleavened bread. I’m talking about rebelling for rebellion’s sake. That is what underage drinking is, first and foremost. It is rebelling against human authority and how we treat human authority is how we will treat our Ultimate Authority in Christ Jesus.

The argument of “well they are going to do it anyway” or “at least they are doing it here and not somewhere else” is the perfect example of Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death.”

Rebellion in moderation is still rebellion, and rebellion against God is sin.


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