Many people drink beer but have you ever asked yourself what is it good for? What can it do for your health or the health of others? What is the nutritional value of it? If you drink beer (or any other type of alcoholic, intoxicating drink), here are some things that your beer can do:
Kill and Maim
How many times have you recently read about a drunk driver who was out to “have a good time” but who ended up taking the life of a young mother or child while driving home under the influence? Ask a police officer how many times he has had to go to a bar or home to quell a disturbance that was caused by someone consuming alcohol. Ask him how easy it is to go to a home in the middle of the night to inform unsuspecting parents that their teenage son or daughter has been killed as a result of the reckless activities of a drunk driver. Many have thought that they could have “just a couple of beers” and it not hurt them. However, the Bible says, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Prov. 20:1).
Lead to Poor Decisions
In Isaiah 28, God pronounces his judgment upon the “drunkards of Ephraim” and announces that he will send another nation upon them because of their pride and drunkenness. The reason for this judgment is further explained when the Lord says, “But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment” (Isaiah 28:7).
The consumption of intoxicating drink will lead one to make decisions and judgments that will cause pain and sorrow for many years to come. In addition to those who think that a “few drinks” won’t harm their judgment while driving, there are many others who lose jobs, wealth, and even family and friends because of their attraction to alcohol. The names and numbers of wives and families who have been scarred by the sin of drunkenness are legion. The problem of alcohol helped lead to God’s judgment against Israel and their destruction by another nation (Isaiah 28:7).
Cause Misery and Sorrow
Proverbs 23:29-35 says: “Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has babbling? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not upon the wine when it is red, when it gives his color in the cup, when it moves itself aright. At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder. Your eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, you shall be as he that lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lies upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shall you say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.” Many seem to think that the consumption of alcohol and the resulting drunkenness is a comical matter. No wonder we have such a great problem in our society with alcohol when the behavior of those who practice drinking is laughed at.
The truth of the matter is, the result of alcohol consumption as identified in Proverbs 23 is a real problem. How many times do the revelers wake up after a night of drinking without the slightest idea of how they got where they are at? Some will find themselves with “strange women” (or men) or will have injuries that they cannot account for, all due to the effects of their pursuit of alcohol. The landscape of our nation is littered with broken families and lives as a testimony to the truthfulness of this passage.
The Bible says, “By their fruits you shall know them” (Matt. 7:20). The fruits of intoxicating drink are easily seen by the honest of heart. The beer companies like to portray those who use their products as young, energetic and filled with happiness. What they don’t show you is the broken homes, broken bodies, and broken minds of those who have used their products to their own ruin. Don’t be fooled. Be not deceived. Beer and wine as well as other intoxicating drink can wreck your physical life and destroy your spiritual life. You need to seriously ask yourself the question, “Can my beer do this?”