I am writing in response to a Dec. 5 letter from Maria Thompson regarding a T-shirt sold at the recent craft fair. It read: "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
I saw this as well, but I found it rather amusing, unlike Ms. Thompson.
I am sincerely sorry for this woman if she has been hurt by the negative effects of alcoholism. However, these effects are caused not by alcohol alone, but a simple lack of self-control. Just as an overindulgence in sugar can lead to diabetes, and greedy consumption of greasy foods can cause heart disease, excessive drinking can have harmful results. Yet, when used in moderation, alcohol can be relaxing and enjoyable.
As for the assertion that one must choose between God and beer, this is what I came up with:
"He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; and wine that maketh glad the heart of man." (Psalm 104:14-15)
"Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts." (Proverbs 31:6)
There are many more Scripture verses that exhibit the same sentiments.
I am just going to assume that we worship the same God, so I would ask that you recognize that:
1. Not everything manmade is evil. (Devil's Cola, anyone?)
2. There are those who can and do drink responsibly. After all, we worship a God of love, not condemnation.
Melissa Nusunginya, Kenai
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