Drinking and dancing.
Now, those topics could “open a can of worms” as we like to say here in the south.
in the south,
in the Bible Belt,…
we’ve known since we’ve known much of anything, that Baptists don’t drink and some won’t even dance. Well, not in public anyways!
But THE APOSTLE Paul says, “No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomachs sake and your frequent infirmities.” (I Tim 5:23)
I about fell out of my chair the first time I read this.
I know there is a lot of discussion about why Paul said this.
And I’m not here to debate whether a Christian could, or should, or is wise to drink alcohol, let’s save that for another day…
I’m merely saying, do you actually know why you believe what you believe and, more specifically, what you believe about God?
Do you know if He actually said the things you think He said?
Do you only rely on others to tell you what He says, or do you seek to know for yourself through His Word?
Do you believe things about Him that may not even be true about Him?
He has so much to say about Himself, about our world, about how we are to live, and about us, in His Word.
And before you argue the line that ”men have changed the Bible”… Let me ask you this, if you believe in God who created the universe and controls eternity .. don’t you think He could control His Book?
And if so, don’t you think you should read it? Even study it?
And It’s not a history book… it’s supernatural! The God of the universe uses it to speak specifically to you, about your stuff, in His Word, because it is living and active.
And the more you get to know God as He reveals Himself in His Word, the more you’ll come away knowing the Bible is so much more than a list of rules about what you can do or can’t do!
It’s the way the Lord guides us to His best because He is for us! He loves us with the deepest of loves and we can trust Him.
The more you draw close to God in His Word, the more you will be able to confidently, securely stand on the solid ground of truth, and the easier it is to follow Him because you will know why you believe what you believe. You won’t be “, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Eph4:14)
And it’s there, in the Word, from the Word that you can walk in peace, and strength and hope.
And dance! Definitely dance! (2Sam6:14)