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During the holidays it's not uncommon to see people, including your family and friends, engaging in what many call "social," or "celebratory" drinking. After all, what's wrong with a drink to celebrate?

As Christians, however, we are called to make the Word of God the final authority in every area of our lives. What does the Bible have to say about this controversial issue?

Though the Bible doesn't specifically discuss social drinking, it does admonish the believer to maintain a standard of conduct that is in line with God's plan and purpose, as well as to set an example of excellence for those around you.

Galatians 5:19-21 lists several works of the flesh, among which drunkenness is included. You may say, "I don't drink to get drunk, just to celebrate, relax, and have a good time."

Though your intentions may be innocent, examine whether something has the potential to open the door to Satan. In 1 Corinthians Paul writes,
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
(1 Cor. 6:12)
Though it may seem harmless or insignificant to have a "sip" on Christmas Eve, you must carefully weigh the decisions you make regarding anything that has the potential to affect your physical body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16).

Luke 1:15, in describing John the Baptist, says of him,
For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
As born-again Christians, we have been called to a higher calling, and God expects us to live godly as John did so that we can be more like Jesus.

This means giving up things that the world deems socially acceptable.

Whose Standard Are We Following?
Getting a true understanding of the spiritual significance of Jesus' birth is necessary to keep this sacred celebration in its proper perspective. As believers, our celebration extends beyond Christmas trees and presents. We celebrate because Jesus was born to redeem mankind from the curse of sin and death.

Therefore, to "celebrate" in a way that could possibly lead to an act of the flesh, as defined in the Bible, contradicts the purpose for Jesus' birth. In the midst of our excitement and fellowship, we must be mindful not to let the world's standard of celebration become our norm.

God is not against your having fun; He wants you to have the kind of fun that glorifies Him. Praise and wholesome Christian fellowship with your loved ones are great ways to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Ask God whether or not something is acceptable and use His Word as your safeguard.

This way, you will grab hold of the true spirit of Christmas and glorify Him while you do!

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Author Biography

Creflo A. Dollar
Web site: World Changers Ministries
 
Creflo Dollar is the founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International (WCCI) in College Park, Georgia; World Changers Church-New York; and a host of fellowship churches throughout the United States and internationally. WCCI also has offices in Australia (serving the Asia-Pacific region), South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and the Ukraine.
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