"I don't know of anyone who has ever been drunk who has never had a drink before."
In other words, you can't get drunk if you never drink, so you shouldn't drink. EVER.
This is one of the common logics I have heard someone say many times in opposition to drinking alcoholic beverages. A pretty terrible logic I might add. You could say that about almost anything. I don't know anyone who has ever shot anyone who hasn't held a gun. So guns are wrong. (I actually think thats a better argument.)
I know that drinking is pretty trivial to most people, denominations, churches, Jesus, etc, but where I am from (A small town in North Carolina) people still get pretty bent out of shape over it.
I enjoy a beer every once in a while, or maybe a glass of wine when out to dinner or with friends. However, this has not always been the case. I remember growing up thinking that anyone who drank was a bad person, and definitely couldn't be a Christian. I got this idea mostly from the school and church I attended.
I went to a VERY strict, conservative school my whole life, kindergarten through my senior year. When I say strict, think if Bob Jones University and Pensacola Christian University "got together" and had a child (which would never happen on one of their chaperoned dates) but that child would be my school. In fact, Liberty university was considered liberal. (no, seriously)
So it's safe to say that drinking alcohol, along with having long hair, untucked shirt tails, empty belt loops, NIV Bibles, Christian rock music, drums (they were believed to summon demons), or any instruments with a power chord or a volume button, was a sin.
Once, I got in trouble for wearing a t-shirt with a bible verse on the back of it... because it was NIV, or better known as the "Non-Inspired Version". (and you wonder why my beliefs are so screwed up) :)
So back to the alcohol.
Alcohol, if not used responsibly, can be harmful. So, instead of teaching responsibly and moderation, we have to throw it all out the window? We demonize it in hopes that our kids won't ever touch it.
Of course, this usually back fires, and as soon as kids get out of their "controlled" environments they go nuts, Indulging in whatever it is that was drilled into their heads and taught to be evil.
And sadly, I don't think the church has stopped with alcohol. We do the same thing with issues such as sex. I know people who still have a terrible view of sex because they have been taught their whole life that sex is evil, disgusting, immoral, and considered one of the worst things you could ever do (until one is considered, by the state, to be married that is). They have been scared instead of taught.
I can't tell you how many times I've heard that if you have sex before you're married, then once you do get married, your sex life will suck. This is called a scare tactic, and I know of marriages that have failed due to the fear and guilt.
The problem, is that when one is finally married, they can not see how anything has changed In the morality of the act of sex. There is still guilt involved. They still view the act as evil, disgusting, and immoral. They can not separate their married life from what they have been taught about sex their whole life. subsequently, their sex life suffers.
Why do we do this? Why would we rather condemn something all together and even demonize it (when there is no basis for it), rather than teach responsibility and/or moderation?