Drunks in the News

Prov. 20:1—“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

Prov. 23:29-35–“Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.”

            Several nights ago I was sick in bed with strep throat and couldn’t sleep.  It was the wee hours of Saturday morning.  I was listening to the last hour of Nick D.’s program on WGN, Chicago, a big 50,000 Watt station that covers many states and Canada at night.  Nick excitedly announced that he was starting a new feature he called “Drunks in the News.”  He said every weekend when he comes to work, there are numerous news stories about the stupid things people have done while drunk.  He decided it was time to air such stories because they’re amusing.  After all, he is in the entertainment business.

            For that inaugural segment Nick solicited calls from listeners with theme music suggestions.  Naturally, several called to suggest country music, which is notorious for its drinking songs.  I was surprised at the number of rock songs people suggested.  I was unfamiliar with most of them.  It points out the prominence of drinking in the minds of performing artists.  No doubt many write and sing from personal experience.  As a side note, I recently read novelist Stephen King’s book, On Writing, in which he briefly discusses his problems with alcohol and drugs.  He got off them and says it’s a myth to say it’s necessary to drink or do drugs to be a creative writer or artist.

            While I don’t remember any of the stories Nick read, I’m sure I laughed right along with many in his audience.  Later I pondered. Should I have been sad and felt sorry for those people whose follies made them briefly famous?  Each situation involved a human being whose life touched family members, coworkers, etc. I didn’t dwell on these thoughts.  The fact is, whatever the situations, Nick D. thought mockery and publicity were the responses due.  So my next thought was how repulsive it would be to be the butt of public ridicule.  How about avoiding the behavior that has such consequences?

            Notice the Apostle Paul’s words.  He acknowledges the existence of drunken unbelievers as part of what we find in the world, but what about born again believers?  What is the preferred and commanded alternative?

1 Cor. 5:11-13—“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”

Eph. 5:17-18—“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit…”

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