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Monday, September 26, 2011

I like cold beer.

So this is a topic I've wanted to talk about for a while, but to be honest, I've been scared to bring it up. Maybe you'll judge me? Or disagree?

But, I read a couple of posts last week that gave me the motivation to go ahead and hit publish. There seems to be some buzz surrounding the topic lately, so I'm chiming in. I'm curious to hear what you all have to say about the topic.

I drink. I look forward to a cold beer at the end of the day. Is that wrong?

Does a cold beer fit the mold of a christian, homeschooling mother of two? Probably not.

Am I walking around with a beer bottle in hand after 5? No.

Hubs and I feel strongly about being conservative about this in front of the boys. We make an effort to keep any beer or wine in the fridge in the garage, and we always pour into an opaque glass.

It stinks I don't drink wine much. It's much more lady like and socially accepted. But, twisting the top off of a cold one isn't exactly going to win me the classiest mom award. Oh well.

Drinking is a sensitive topic, especially in the community of other Christian women. Many of my close personal friends and sisters do not drink. They do not agree with it. That's ok.

For a while I was very conservative about this too and didn't drink at all. But, my doing that was more about other insecurities I had, and not so much about a belief that it was wrong. I'm a little more laid back in my 30s, and enjoy a beer every now and then. I drink when we go out to dinner, and occasionally in the evenings during the week.

Does that make me a bad mom, less of a christian woman, a poor example of togetherness, obedience, or Godliness?

There's definitely a stigma. Some will not agree with me. My Pastor, who I respect very much, does not drink. The Bible tells us to be sober and aware. For any of you that have known me long at all, know my faith is important to me.

Is drinking hypocritical? Is one beer too much? Two beers?

Can I have a beer, and still be obedient?

What if I'm holding a cold one when Jesus comes? No joke!

I don't know the answer. I know many would say, No., it's not OK. Some would say it's fine.

What's your take? Does your faith play a part in your stance on this?

Shell at Things I Can't Say wrote a hilarious post about her recycling bin last week and Natalie at Mommy of a Monster chimed with her Two Cents. Check out their posts too.

I felt the timing was right for me to bring up here too.

I'm a devoted christian woman, mother of two, and homeschooling mama.

I like cold beer.


12 Comments:

At September 26, 2011 at 7:24 AM , Blogger Julie said...

I think you're fine with the cold beer, christian ways. As long as you're honest about it in front of your children, the best example you can show them is how to use alcohol properly and not like they may see in movies, etc. I want to be a home where I know if I have a beer fridge in the garage that it won't be abused by the children living there or visiting. Besides, sometimes a cold one just does the trick!

 
At September 26, 2011 at 8:01 AM , Blogger The Woven Moments said...

I can't help you with the Christian consideration (since I'm not christian) but I don't think there's anything wrong with enjoying a beer. Or two.

It's a privilege of being an adult to be able to enjoy an adult beverage, responsibly. There's no shame in that! :)

 
At September 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM , Blogger Shell said...

I've drank beer with my pastor. And wine with his wife.

We actually talked about it and their stance was that as long as they weren't drinking to excess, that it was okay. And in some ways, helped people to see that Christians aren't all that different from others. My pastors have gone out with someone who was struggling with their faith- and they had their discussion over a beer. It made talking with a pastor seem less intimidating.

I think that we can be Christians and drink. Maybe not to excess... but one or two... I don't see a problem with it.

 
At September 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM , Blogger Natalie said...

I think,Christian or not, drinking a beer here or there is absolutely fine...as long as your not doing it to excess.

And bravo for speaking your truth! ;)

 
At September 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM , Blogger Adrienne said...

getting drunk is probably not the best idea but I have been drinking beer *gasp* since I was a child my family is German we drink it with meals and appreciate it's complexities and all of the flavors. I drink beer good beer and I let my son know what it is and that someday when he is old enough he can drink it too. Besides Jesus turned water into wine!
Cheers

 
At September 26, 2011 at 11:10 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

Yes- that totally makes you a lush and an alcoholic and apparently a bad mother! Just kidding! When did it become so bad to have a drink at the end of the day? I guess I'm just jaded living in France and having drinking be so integrated in the culture.

 
At September 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

Totally agree with the other ladies...it's fine as long as it is not over done.

And who doesn't enjoy a nice cold beer every now and again?

 
At September 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM , Blogger Katie said...

I'm with the other posters. Enjoying a beer is not a bad thing. I love a glass of wine while I'm cooking, and if its warm out, you can bet I'm going to grab a cold beer (or two...gasp!) I just don't think Jesus is against alcohol, or He would have stuck to water in Cana!

Cheers!

 
At September 26, 2011 at 4:02 PM , Blogger Lizbeth said...

There is nothing wrong with imbibing you know, as long as you aren't getting shoshy or anything.

 
At September 26, 2011 at 8:10 PM , Blogger DysFUNctional Mom said...

Have you ever heard the song "Heart Like Mine" by Miranda Lambert? I think you'd like it.
I don't think there's anything wrong with what you do. I don't happen to like the taste of beer, and I wish I did because it's cheaper than the stuff I like. lol
I just HATE that we all are judged over things like this. It makes me crazy. We only have one true judge and He is not here on Earth, and I don't believe he'd have a problem with what you (or I) do.

 
At September 26, 2011 at 11:47 PM , Blogger Peeper said...

Normally, a glass of wine after a long day of work is perfect and so looked forward to. Living in northern CA we have a lot of really good wine to drink too! For the moment I'm not drinking but only because I'm trying to get knocked up! It's got nothing to do with my faith though. That's a good thing about catholicism - drinking is perfectly OK!

 
At September 28, 2011 at 5:34 AM , Blogger Nika M. said...

People used to say bad things about my dad for drinking because that meant that his kids would be raging alcoholics if they were allowed to think alcohol was acceptable. In reality though, he taught us that although alcohol is okay, we have to know our limits. He taught us how to drink responsibly.


As a Christian, I think there are much worse things that can be done than having a beer.

 

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