>Country Gospel and a Witch Hunt

>Why do I do this? I know some who read will wonder if the singer is a Christian, and some will be offended that it is not an overtly Christian song…but truth is truth, regardless of from where it comes. I do hope this man is a child of God rather than “just” a creation of God…but I do enjoy it…give it a listen and a watch:

And as I thought sadly since the weekend (when a young lady loudly proclaimed that she had forsaken her senior prom in order to come to a youth rally; and blasted a peer who instead attended the prom) about the ever-vigilant-list-keepers my mind recalled a song I’ve not thought of for years…the old Petra song “witch hunt”…can’t even recall how old this is…but, sadly, yet so contemporary:

>An Open Letter to My Friends Who Drink

>As an alcoholic (dry for over three decades) I hate alcohol perhaps only as an alcoholic can. I would love to see drunk drivers executed on the first offense (and that is not hyperbole). “Drugs and alcohol” is redundant.

I wish with all my heart the Bible condemned drinking. It does not. Jesus did not turn water into freshly-squeezed grape juice. (and those of you who argue the Bible explicitly forbids alcohol, I urge you to again read without your preconceived prejudices)

The Bible does, of course, condemn drunkenness. And I believe one can build a “weaker brother” case for abstaining from drinking.

But I’ll not argue that. I will ask/beg/plead with those who follow Christ who think they have the freedom to drink in moderation would consider the benefits of doing so in private, and not broadcasting to the watching hordes over facebook, blogs, twitter, etc their activity?

The admonition to esteem others more than yourselves comes into play as, again, does the weaker brother argument.

Please consider this prayerfully. For those of you who have not had problems in drink, Proverbs 23 describes perfectly my life before liberation from drugs (to include beverage alcohol)…but even in my pre-salvation days as a thief, drug dealer, and user…alcohol remains the only drug to which I am physically addicted.

Here is the Proverbs 23 passage:

 29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
       Who has strife? Who has complaints?
       Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

 30 Those who linger over wine,
       who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

 31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
       when it sparkles in the cup,
       when it goes down smoothly!

 32 In the end it bites like a snake
       and poisons like a viper.

 33 Your eyes will see strange sights
       and your mind imagine confusing things.

 34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
       lying on top of the rigging.

 35 “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
       They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
       When will I wake up
       so I can find another drink?”

>Shut Up and Listen!

>Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” –1 Samuel 3:10

“Lord, teach me to listen. The times are noisy and my ears are weary with the thousand raucous sounds which continuously assault them. Give me the spirit of the boy Samuel when he said to Thee, “Speak, for thy servant heareth.” Let me hear Thee speaking in my heart. Let me get used to the sound of Thy voice, that its tones may be familiar when the sounds of earth die away and the only sound will be the music of Thy speaking voice. Amen.”