LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Alcohol and church unity
To the Editor:
During my present retirement after 50 years of pastoring, my wife and I enjoy worshipping in the many churches of this tri-county area, experiencing the same wonderful Gospel preached in all. We are respectful of the many different ways God is worshipped: with or without a healing service, with or without an altar call, with or without a communion service. Preaching that is 10 minutes or 30 minutes, music that is Gospel, Gregorian chant or from a hymnal, accompanied by a guitar, organ, a piano or nothing.
We are respectful of Christians who seek to please the Lord by fasting or not fasting, by abstaining form meat or not, by abstaining from alcoholic drink or not. It saddens us, however, to see these, our brothers and sisters in the Lord, who abstain from alcohol, condemn all who do not abstain from the use of alcohol. Such judgment condemns most all Christians including Christ himself. Over 90 percent of the world’s Christians live in communities where a glass of wine or beer is frequently a part of their daily diet. With emphasis on and caution for sobriety, these Christians for centuries have so spent their lives in obedience to the commands of God.
I have been blessed to live in many wonderful cities in the course of my 78 years – Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Richmond, Ky. – all of which abound with churches and worshippers; all of which were and are “wet;” all of which have fewer DUI’s than this tri-county.
Visiting our tri-county community (Laurel, Knox, Whitley), fellow Christians from other communities and countries are mystified and perplexed that fellow Christians of this tri-county see a need for everyone to do and believe as they do; with the rationale that communities which permit alcoholic sales and drink are sullied with sin and satanic control.