What Would Jesus Drink?” asks the latest edition of antithesis.com.

Christians today have forgotten that the Holy Spirit comes, in sanctifying power, to war against what we are as sinners — the consequences of our moral rebellion against God — not what we are as human beings, created in the image of God.

The American church’s teaching of total abstinence from alcohol strikes me as being similar to Eve’s response when queried by the serpant about the Tree of Knowledge:

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” (emphasis added)

God didn’t actually mention anything about not touching the tree. And as the biblically literate among us will recall, sin entered the world not long after that conversation (which, interestingly, was the first recorded theological debate). Adam and Eve heard God’s command, decided that it wasn’t good enough on it’s own and diluted it by adding their own impotent conditions to God’s already complete and perfect law. Normally we fail by doing the exact opposite… ignoring the laws we don’t like. While we must be careful to not allow our legalism to cause us fall off the boat (or wagon as the case may be), the opposite is also true. Drunkenness is, after all, a fruit of the sinful nature.