I told a friend of mine I suspected someone of using alcohol and cigarettes. She said these things were no more harmful than the chemicals in junk food (potato chips, soft drinks, snacks, candies) or the soap and shampoo we use on our bodies. Well if we don’t use soap and shampoo, what do we use? We don’t want to smell bad in public! We need to be clean.
I gave up on soft drinks years ago, even though I drink one occasionally (every few months or so). And yet I find this argument ridiculous. There probably are many chemicals in various foods on the market today. Yet they’re still natural, God-made and God-given foods – with nutrients our bodies need to function and grow. Potato chips come from potatoes – a rich source of vitamins B6 and C, potassium, and carbohydrates. Soft drinks at least contain water – something our bodies need. I could go on, but I won’t.
Is there any nutrition in alcohol? I think not. Alcohol is a mind- and body-altering substance. It slows the heart rate, blurs vision, and makes people do things they don’t remember – or regret if they do. Alcohol can kill a person directly if he or she drinks too much in too short a time; it can waste the liver. And it can kill a person indirectly if he or she is the victim of a drunk driver. Alcohol hurts the body.
So do cigarettes. Who wants bad breath or a hacking cough, due to emphysema? Who wants stained fingers and teeth? Who wants a nicotine addiction? Who wants the possibility of killing family members (including unborn babies and children) over time because of second-hand smoke? There is no nutrition in cigarettes. They hurt the body.
Does junk food do any of this? Can too much of it kill – directly or indirectly? No. I’m not going to get into the obesity argument. The best advice is “all things in moderation.” But that is NOT true for alcohol and cigarettes. Even a little is too much. I think abstaining is a better policy.
I could use the argument that spending one’s money on alcohol and cigarettes is wasted – because it ends up in the toilet. Yet everything we eat and drink passes through our bodies and ends up in the toilet. So wouldn’t it be better to consume things that help our bodies, not hurt them? And wouldn’t it be better to be addicted to Jesus – not alcohol and cigarettes? Because we are supposed to be addicted to someone in this life – the Holy Spirit! We’re supposed to be drunk on Him, not mind- and-body altering substances.
Just something to think about. . . .
Jeremiah 23:9: “My heart within me is broken Because of the prophets; All my bones shake. I am like a drunken man, And like a man whom wine has overcome, Because of the LORD, And because of His holy words.”
John 7:37-39: “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
Acts 2:4, 12-15: “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. … So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘Whatever could this mean?’ Others mocking said, ‘They are full of new wine.’ But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, ‘Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.'”
Ephesians 5:18: “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.”
1 Thessalonians 5:7-8: “For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.”