Is it a sin to drink alcohol?

Each year, the United States spends $250 billion on alcohol. (Yes, billion.) You can have beer at ballgames, bourbon at Walgreens, or a glass of bordello while you get your hair cut. Alcohol is everywhere.

But pull up a map of the dry counties across the country and, not coincidentally, you’ll see a picture of the Bible belt. There’s apparently a group of Christians who say drinking is wrong, and another group who says, “I’ll have another” without blinking. Who’s right?

When we stop and listen to what Jesus says about drinking, he not only answers the “should we” question, but he directs us to something much deeper.

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– Hey everybody, It’s Chris Paavola.
Welcome to What Jesus Says About,
where Jesus speaks for himself
so you can respond for yourself.
Mmm. Delicious.
[upbeat music]
So, some of you are
probably freaking out that
I’m a Christian, I’m sitting at a bar
having a beer right now.
You’re sure that there’s a
verse somewhere that says,
Christians aren’t supposed
to drink or can’t drink,
but that’s just not true.
When you read the Bible,
it criticizes drunkenness
but you could actually say
when it comes to drinking,
it endorses it.
By the way, before we get started here,
I should probably say,
if you or somebody you love
struggles with alcoholism,
I’m sorry.
I don’t mean to make light of that,
it’s just that in response to that
some Christians have over
corrected in my opinion.
And said that if you’re a
Christian you can’t drink
and enjoy a Negro Modelo.
Or if you drink, then
you can’t be a Christian.
But that’s just not true.
And I think that creates
an unnecessary barrier
between people and Jesus.
In fact when you read Scripture,
you see that drinking is
not only tolerated, you can
actually say it’s encouraged.
The prophets would use wine and beer
as an image of prosperity. And
the Passover festival itself
has this idea of we should come together
and have this wine of celebration.
And so, when we talk about
what Jesus says about drinking,
it shouldn’t surprise us that
he’s very much in favor of it.
[upbeat music]
– In the very beginning of his ministry,
the very first miracle he does,
is he turns water into wine.
And this is after like a
three day wedding party,
when they run out of wine and he’s like,
“No, no, guys, I got you.”
At the very end of his
ministry he actually has this
celebration with his
followers and he says,
“Here, take and drink and do
this in remembrance of me.”
But in the very middle of his ministry,
one of the things,
one of my favorite
descriptions of Jesus is,
he’s hanging out with
some of his followers
and there’s some critics
of his, some skeptics
that start criticizing
that Jesus is hanging out
with people who drink.
And Jesus says,
“The Son of Man”,
[This is a way of referring to himself.]
“came eating and drinking, but they say”,
[His critics.]
“Here is a glutton and a drunkard,
“a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”
And here we see that
Jesus is being criticized,
not because he’s drunk but
because he’s hanging out
with those who drink.
And he associates himself
with-clutch my pearls-sinners.
And I love this description of Jesus.
He’s uncompromising in his truth
but he never lets his
truth compromise his love.
And that’s a good thing for me
because I’m one of the sinners
that I think Jesus would hang out with.
And I think that’s a great
compliment for me that
I too, as a follower of Jesus
would be a friend of sinners.
So, what does Jesus say about drinking?
He says whether or not you drink,
make sure you’re friends
with those who do.
Cheers.

Does following Jesus cure depression?

Many well-meaning Christians will tell you if you have enough faith, or pray hard enough, you won’t be depressed anymore. But what Jesus says about depression not only dispels that myth, but also shows you a new way to deal with anxiety, fatigue, grief, and a whole slew of other emotions that accompany depression.

Read the entire account mentioned in the video for yourself:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+11%3A28-30&version=NIV

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– So if you’re a good follower of Jesus,
you’ll never be depressed again, right?
[funky music]
Hey everybody, my name is Chris
and welcome to What Jesus Says About
where Jesus speaks for himself
so you can respond for yourself.
Don’t forget to hit like and subscribe
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and new videos drop every Thursday.
Now today on What Jesus Says
About we’re gonna be talking
about what Jesus says about depression
and if you are somebody who
is struggling with depression,
I’m sorry.
It’s not your fault, it’s not
fair and it’s not your choice
and if you feel like
depression has a hold on you,
please reach out to a friend,
reach out to professional.
There’s people who want to help.
And if you’ve ever
struggled with depression,
maybe you’ve heard some
pretty well meaning
and well intended Christians telling you
if you just prayed hard enough,
if you just follow Jesus good enough,
you wouldn’t be depressed
anymore, but that’s just not true.
Let me explain why.
If I told you that I
was feeling overwhelmed
to the point that I wasn’t eating well
and I felt fatigued all the time
or if I told you I was grieving
because I felt rejected by
the people I love the most
or if I told you that
I was suffering so much
and I was feeling so much sorrow
that I was withdrawing to
be by myself all the time,
you know what words you
would use to describe Chris?
Depressed.
But here’s the kicker:
The words that I just
used to describe myself
are the words that the
biographers of Jesus
used to describe Jesus.
And if the What Jesus Says
About channel is about anything,
it’s about letting you
encounter the real Jesus
who experienced real
emotions just like you.
Jesus knows what you’re feeling.
In fact there’s this one day
that Jesus learned his
close friend was in prison
and it’s the same day that he was rejected
by an entire city of people
and he was being publicly
criticized by high profile people.
It was a bad day.
And it’s in that moment
that Jesus turned to the
crowd and he tells them,
“Come to me, all of you
who are weary and burdened,
come to me and I will give you rest.”
And then he says, “take my yoke
upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your soul.
For my yoke is easy
and my burden is light.
Now the idea and the image of a yoke
is kind of a vague concept to us
and we could talk about that,
but I’d like to zoom in
on what Jesus just said about depression.
Granted he didn’t say the word depression,
but he sure described the
weariness and the burden
that accompanies depression.
And if you notice, he never promises
that you’ll never be depressed again.
In fact he actually promises you a burden.
It’s just lighter than the
one that you’ve been carrying.
Most importantly, he said
that I will give you rest
as in him, the person.
Not following one of his
teachings, not even an idea of him.
He himself, the individual,
claims that he can give you rest.
And this is more than just a transaction
where you bring him your
problems and he fixes it
and takes them all away.
He’s claiming that he comes to you
so that you can do the same.
You, all of your joy, all of your pain,
the good stuff and the
bad stuff, all of you.
So what does Jesus say about depression?
He says…
you are not alone.

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