Sober Minded in Every Sense of the Term

by David Diestelkamp
via Think on These Things

Researchers at the University of California San Diego reviewed 14 years of accident data and found that “A blood alcohol concentration of just 0.01 percent was associated with risky behaviors such as speeding.” Lead researcher, David P. Phillips, Ph.D. says, “For a 180 pound person, that translates to one glass of wine or a bottle of beer.” (Better Homes And Gardens, November 2011, pg 184).

Even some people of the world are beginning to admit that for the person who doesn’t want to make bad decisions that lead to “risky behaviors,” even one drink is too much. As Christians, we have been taught by God’s grace that, “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age” (Titus 1:11-12). We are committed to making decisions that are pleasing to God in all things and we therefore reject anything that clouds thinking or encourages risky behavior.

The world wants us to be wise drivers. After even one drink we are not fit to drive home. Impaired thinking will not get us to an eternal home of glory either. Be wise. “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1).